Der Lindberghflug (Hindemith, Paul)

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This work was co-authored by Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

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Editor First edition
Kurt von Fischer (1913-2003)
Ludwig Finscher (1930-)
Rudolf Stephan (1925-)
Publisher. Info. London: Schott & Co., Ltd., 1981.
Paul Hindemith: Sämtliche Werke, Band I,6 (PHA 106):
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Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, 1982. Plate B.S.S. 43629.
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Misc. Notes 600 dpi. Page size is 10.67 x 14.763 inches. Composed jointly with Kurt Weill (1900-1950). Hindemith composed the music for numbers: V, VIa, VIII, XI, XIV and XVI. Kurt Weill composed the music for numbers: I, II, III, IV, VIb, IX, XII and XIII. The numbers VII, X and XV were not composed. The vocal parts to no.XI are currently missing.
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Free Recordings

  • Berliner Funkchor, Berliner Funkorchester, Hermann Scherchen [First Version, 1930] (conductor)
Part 1 (13:46)
Part 2 (5:07)
  • Wolfgang Schmidt, Heribert Feckler, Lorenz Minth, Christoph Scheeben
Vorstellung des Fliegers [Revised Version] (Complete, 38:29)

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General Information

Work Title Der Lindberghflug
The Flight across the Ocean
Alternative. Title Hörspiel von Bertolt Brecht
Musik von Paul Hindemith und Kurt Weill
Composer Hindemith, Paul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPH 85
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 16 scenes
I. Aufforderung an die amerikanischen Flieger, den Ozean zu überfliegen. (Weill)
II. Vorstellung des Fliegers Charles Lindbergh. (Weill)
III. Aufbruch des Fliegers Charles Lindbergh in New York zu seinem Flug nach Europa. (Weill)
IV. Die Stadt New York befragt die Schiffe. (Weill)
V. Solo (Bariton) Nebel (Hindemith)
Fast während seines ganzen Fluges hat der Flieger mit dem Nebel zu kämpfen.
VIa. Solo (Baß) Schneessturm (Hindemith)
In der Nacht kam ein Schneesturm: Schneesturm
VIb. Lindbergh (Weill)
VII. [ohne Musik]
VIII. Solo (Alt) Schlaf (Hindemith)
IX. Während des ganzen Fluges sprachen alle amerikanischen Zeitungen unaufhörlich von Lindberghs Glück. (Weill)
X. Die Gedanken des Glücklichen [in der vorliegeden Fassung ohne Musik.]
XI. Chor Paris 1. (Hindemith)
Schrieben die französischen Zeitungen so fliegt er, über sich die Stürme,
um sich das Meer und unter sich den Schatten Nungessers.
XII. Lindberghs Gespäch mit dem Motor. (Weill)
XIII. Endlich, unweit Schottlands, sichtet Lindbergh Fischer. (Weill)
XIV. Chor Paris 2. (Hindemith)
Auf dem Flugplatz le Bourget bei Paris erwartet in der Nacht des 21. Mai 1927
abends 10 Uhr eine Riesenmenge den amerikanischen Flieger.
XV. Ankunft des Fliegers Charles Lindberg aud dem Flugplatz le Bourget bei Paris. [ohne Musik]
XVI. Schlußchor (a cappella) (Hindemith)
Bericht über das Unereichbare
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1929 late spring to early summer
First Performance. Premiere Performance
1929-07-27 in Baden-Baden, Deutsche Kammermusik
Stuttgarter Madrigalvereinigung, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra,
Hermann Scherchen (conductor)
Ernst Hardt (recording engineer)

First Broadcast Performance

1929-07-29 in Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt Station
First Publication. 1982 - (SW 1/6, Full Score)
Librettist Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Language German
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Lindbergh (tenor)
Nebel (baritone)
Schneesturm [Snowstorm] (bass)
Schlaf [Sleep] (alto)
2 Fischer [Fisherman] (baritone, bass)
Berichterstatter [Reporter] (baritone)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
flute (also piccolo), 2 clarinets (B, 1st also E), alto saxophone (E), bassoon
2 trumpets (C/B), trombone, tuba
timpani, percussion (2 players), motor, piano, banjo, strings
snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, 2 tam-tam
External Links Hindemith Foundation
Wikipedia article (as The Flight across the Ocean)
Wikipedia article (German)
Wikipedia article (German) (2)

Misc. Comments

  • First radio broadcast: 29 July 1929, Frankfurt Station; Ernst Hardt, recording engineer. Join composition with Kurt Weill (1900-1950). Hindemith composed nos. V, VIa, VIII, XI, XIV and XVI; Weill composed nos. I, II, III, IV, VIb, IX, XII and XIII. The SW (see file above) reproduces the entire composition, which includes a reconstruction of the lost chorus part to no. XI. A later version of the work, with music by Weill only, was premiered in December 1929 and published by Universal Edition, Vienna.
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