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Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven

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Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith

Subtitle: Paraphrase from Symphonia Serena

General Info

Year: 1946
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Schott Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $49.00   |   Score Only - $18.99


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Cymbal (crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This "quick march" is the second movement of a much larger work by Hindemith entitled Symphonia Serena. The work was composed for the Dallas Symphony in 1946 and premiered by that organization, conducted by Antal Dorati, on February 1, 1947.

The entire symphony, as suggested by the title, is an agreeable work, making no pretense of plumbing emotional depths, but exploiting various instrumental groups in an amiable and ingenious manner. In borrowing from Beethoven's March in F, Hindemith begins by quoting variants of his predecessor's melody, phrase by phrase. After a change to triple meter and a considerably altered presentation of the theme, the scoring gradually increases, new material is presented, and the movement ends with full ensemble.

- Program notes by March Music Notes and Dennis L. Johnson

Like much of Hindemith's music written after World War II, the Symphonia Serena (1946) combines a new preoccupation with intensely chromatic counterpoint and a wry sense of humor, a feature largely dormant in the composer's music since his departure from Germany in the 1930s. As might be expected from a composer whose own instrumental expertise fostered a special affinity with performers, Hindemith also filled his score with a multitude of felicities that could be counted on to delight players and listeners alike: witty parody, ingenious instrumental combinations, and different simultaneous tempi. A miniature military march by Beethoven, the Yorck'sche Marsch (March in F), is the thematic basis for the second movement, Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven.

This scherzo is scored entirely for winds and brass. Chattering woodwinds create a shifting chromatic background for fragments of Beethoven's theme, stuttered out amusingly by horns and tuba. A trio section presents the same theme in irregular chordal phrases, with woodwinds imitating the reedy drone of bagpipes. The return of the main section presents Beethoven's march theme in its entirety, with the same élan and harmonic abandon that Hindemith employed twenty-five years earlier in his orchestral jazz parody Ragtime (Well-Tempered).

- Program Note by Mark Satola for the University of Oklahoma Symphony Band concert program, 20 November 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Kenneth Thompson, conductor) - 24 February 2023
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Baugh, conductor) – 7 October 2022
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 5 September 2021
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Richardson, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) - 5 November 2020
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) - 5 November 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 5 October 2020
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 19 February 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 13 November 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 1 April 2019
  • Penn State University (State College) Recital Ensemble (Jacob Bender, conductor) - 27 January 2019
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Orchestra (Brian A. Coffill, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 November 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 20 November 2017
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) – 26 October 2017

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