Das Marienleben, Op.27 (Hindemith, Paul)

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Version A (1923)

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Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.2025, 1924. Plate 31029
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General Information

Work Title Das Marienleben
Alternative. Title Gedichte nach Rainer Maria Rilke
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.27
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 15 songs (both versions)
1. Geburt Mariä
2. Die Darstellung Mariä im Tempel
3. Mariä Verkündigung
4. Mariä Heimsuchung
5. Argwohn Josephs
6. Verkündigung über die Hirten
7. Geburt Christi
8. Rast auf der Flucht nach Ägypten
9. Von der Hochzeit zu Kana
10. Vor der Passion
11. Pietà
12. Stillung Mariä mit dem Auferstandenen
13. Vom Tode Mariä I
14. Vom Tode Mariä II (Thema mit Variationen)
15. Vom Tode Mariä III
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1922 June - 1923 July, 1935-48
First Performance. 1923-06-22 in Donaueschingen (13 of 15 songs performed, some preliminary versions)
Beatrice Lauer-Kottlar (soprano), Emma Lübbecke-Job (piano)

1923-10-15 in Frankfurt (complete, original version)

Beatrice Lauer-Kottlar (soprano), Emma Lübbecke-Job (piano)

1948-11-03 in Hanover (complete, new version)

Annelies Kupper (soprano), Carl Seemann (piano)
First Publication. 1924 (original version)
1948 (new version)
1983 - (SW VI/I, original version)
Librettist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
Language German
Dedication Frau Emma Lübbecke-Job
Average DurationAvg. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation soprano, piano
External Links Hindemith Foundation - 1st version
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

  • Original Version
Originally published in four volumes of 4, 4, 4, and 3 song, as well as in a single "Sonder-Ausgabe." In both cases the songs are numbered I.a-d, II.a-d, III.a-d, and IV.a-c. A 1951 reprint removes the numbering, but preserves the groupings on the title page. Songs are numbered 1 through 15 in the autograph score. The 1951 edition lacks the BSS numbers. Revised in 1935-48 (see new version below).
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
  • New Version
Thoroughly revised 1935-48; some of the songs revised multiple times; only No.12 not revised. Dates below are from Hindemith's work lists, and represent only some of the revisions. He considered the revision complete in March 1941 after work on number 9 and one of the "Vom Tode Mariä" songs (confusingly identified as the second of these but no. the recomposiition of "Mariä Verkündigung."
Includes extensive introductory remarks by the composer (English translation, by Arthur Mendel, also published seperately by AMP, 1953).
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide