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March from "Symphonic Metamorphosis"

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Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith (trans. Keith Wilson)

Movement IV of Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

General Info

Year: 1945 / 1972
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott Music
Cost: Parts Only - $175.00   |   Score Only - $33.95


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Parade Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


In Score:

  • Flute I, 5 m. before reh. G: Correct G-flat to B-flat.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.6: Correct E to D in English Horn cue.
  • Percussion, 2 m. before reh. F: The orchestral score calls for a single stroke on the suspended cymbal (Becken, wie zuvor [Cymbal, as before]), not a roll.

In Parts:

  • Flute I, 5 m. before reh. G:Correct G-flat to B-flat.

See also Topolewski, in Resources, below.

Program Notes

Keith Wilson, who was from time to time a pupil of Hindemith's at Yale University, arranged the richly coloured original score of Symphonic Metamorphosis for large wind band using the American combination of instruments. The March has been published in a separate edition. It is a work for the most advanced level of performers and is suitable for concerts and competitions.

- Program Note from publisher

Hindemith composed this work in 1943 while teaching at Yale University. Believing strongly that the work should be made available in a band version, he asked his Yale colleague Keith Wilson to make a transcription. After permission was finally granted by the publisher in 1960, Wilson worked on this arrangement for 18 months. He regarded it as his largest and most significant transcription. The important two-bar fragment which is stated by the brass at the outset reappears and is developed at different points of punctuation throughout the movement. There is also a more lyrical "trio" theme which is repeated and developed. The form is somewhat different from that of a standard march.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

In early 1942, Hindemith was discussing plans for two ballets to be choreographed by Leonide Massine, one of which was to utilize the music of Carl Maria von Weber. The composer spent only a few days working on the Weber ballet, when he rejected the idea. But the work was not wasted, since it formed the basis of the Symphonic Metamorphosis, which he composed in the summer of 1943, turning the Weber pieces into a suite. The first, third, and fourth movements are based on compositions for piano duet by Weber. The second movement, the march, is drawn from Weber’s incidental music for Schiller’s translations of Gozzi’s Turandotte. Hindemith, himself, asked Keith Wilson, a colleague at Yale, to transcribe the “march” for concert band in 1960.

- Program Note by David Holsinger for Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 April 2017


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: V
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class A Standard Repertoire


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Luke Camarillo, conductor) - 25 January 2023
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 18 December 2022
  • Lamar University Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 22 November 2022
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Tim Oliver, conductor) - 20 October 2022
  • Las Vegas Academy (Nev.) Wind Ensemble (John Seaton, conductor) - 3 May 2022
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Gerard Schwartz, conductor) - 11 April 2022 (Southern Connections Tour, 2022)
  • 2022 CBDNA Southwest Intercollegiate Honor Band (Waco, Tx.) (Allan McMurray, conductor) – 2 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Southwestern Conference, Waco, Tx.)
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) - 1 October 2021
  • Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Symphony (Richard Strauch, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) - 6 May 2021
  • Tyler (Tx.) Junior College Wind Ensemble (Eddie W. Airheart, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) - 19 February 2021 (Virtual)
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew D. Chybowski, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • McLennan Community College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 8 October 2020
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Wind Symphony (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 18 September 2020
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • University of Idaho (Moscow) Wind Ensemble (Mark Thiele, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Wind Ensemble (Lowell Hollinger, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (R. Logan Sorey, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 22 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Anderson, Gene. "Analysis: Musical metamorphoses in Hindemith’s 'March' from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber." Journal of Band Research vol. 30, no. 1, Fall 1994, pp. 1-10.
  • Miles, Richard, comp. and ed. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 2. GIA Publications, 1998, pp. 630–638.
  • Powell, Edwin C. "An interview with Keith Wilson on Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis." Journal of Band Research vol. 38, no. 1, Fall 2002, pp. 37–48.
  • Ray, Irving. "Experts' Excerpts for Euphonium: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvt. IV—March. Hindemith/Trans. Keith Wilson." ITEA Journal [International Tuba Euphonium Association] vol. 46, no. 1, Fall 2018, pp. 48–55.
  • Rudgers, Gregory B. "March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes of Carl Maria von Weber." MBM Times, Issue 6, 2012, p. 67.
  • Topolewski, Timothy. Errata Studies for the Wind Band Conductor Vol. 2. DeBiencourt, Montreal, Que., Can., Plein la Vue, 2003.
  • Weber, C.; Hindemith, P.; Wilson, K. [1972]. March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber [score]. Schott: London.