Cello Concerto (Hindemith, Paul)

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 1. Mäßig schnell: Allegro moderato (CA)
#321152 - 6.77MB, 39 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/36/34

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 2. Ruhig bewegt: Andante con moto (CA)
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 3. Marsch. Lebhaft: Allegro marciale (CA)
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Publisher Info.:

Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.4073, 1940. Plate 36699a.

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

There were some pages that are fading out. It was already like that in the original score I scanned.

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Cello and Piano

 Piano Score (CA)
#311710 - 3.10MB, 53 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/37/34

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 Cello Part (CA)
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Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1941.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

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General Information

Work Title Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester
Alternative Title Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra ; Cello Concerto No.3
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/Sections 3 movements
1. Mäßig schnell: Allegro moderato, (Half note.png = 92)
2. Ruhig bewegt; Sehr Lebhaft; Im früheren langsamen Zeitmaß: Andante con moto, (♩‧ = 60)
3. Marsch. Lebhaft: Allegro marciale (Half note.png = 112)
Year/Date of Composition 1940 June – September, Lenox, Massachusetts
First Performance 1941-02-07 in Boston, Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), Serge Koussevitzky (conductor);
(possibly preceded a day earlier by a performance by the same forces in Cambridge)
First Publication 1940 - Mainz: Schott
Average Duration 28 minutes
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Cello and Orchestra
Solo - Cello,
Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (A), bass clarinet, 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, tuba
2 timpani, percussion, celesta, strings
drums, triangle, tambourine, snare drum, small suspended cymbal,
cymbals, filed drum, bass drum, glockenspiel
External Links Hindemith Foundation
RISM 450035874 (autograph, Ossietzky, Hamburg, dated Lenox, Mass., June-Sept. 1940)
Cello Concerto - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

3rd Cello Concerto after the Cello Concerto Op.3 and the Cello Concerto from the Kammermusik series. Basically in G (even G major) with a second movement whose central interlude's central scherzo-like interlude, as it returns gradually to the main tempo, allows for an interesting section in which both the tempi and themes of the two sections overlap (something very like this was later done by Eduard Tubin in the central movement of his 7th symphony of 1958.) First original full score copyrighted in 1940 but published in 1943.

  • Hindemith's first attempt at a finale movement was nearly completed in July and August; sketches do not survive.
Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
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