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March from "Symphonic Metamorphosis"

From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith (trans. Wilson)


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


General Info

Year: 1945 / 1972
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott Music
Cost: Parts Only - $175.00   |   Score Only - $33.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
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
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone (Euphonium)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)

Errata

None discovered thus far.


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 by 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


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • 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


Performances

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  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Hundemer, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 30 October 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor) – 16 October 2019
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Larry Griffin, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 7 June 2019
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 30 May 2019
  • Hornell (N.Y.) Area Wind Ensemble (Edward Belin, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Sanger (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Dan Peña, conductor) - 16 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Moises Paiewonsky, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew Esch, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Dan Morrison, conductor) - 21 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) – 29 November 2018 (NYSSMA Conference, Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 28 November 2018
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PE, Canada) Wind Ensemble (Karem J. Simon, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Campbell, conductor) - 16 October 2018
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 1 May 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Rudgers, Gregory B. March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 67.
  • Weber, C.; Hindemith, P.; Wilson, K. [1972]. March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber [score]. Schott: London.