Die Harmonie der Welt (Hindemith, Paul)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.4925, 1957. Plate 39539.
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Work Title Die Harmonie der Welt
Alternative. Title The Harmony of the World
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 acts, 14 scenes
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1956-57
1956 May and August (vocal score)
1957-05-30 (full score)
First Performance. 1957-08-11 in Munich, Prinzregententheater
Paul Hindemith (conductor), Rudolf Hartmann (stage direction),
Helmat Jürgen (sets)
First Publication. 1957 - Mainz: Schott
Librettist Paul Hindemith
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2–3 hours (160 minutes)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Voices, chorus, orchestra
Voices
Emperor Rudolf II, Emperor Ferdinand II, Sun (bass)
Johannes Kepler, the astronomer and mathematician, Earth (baritone)
Wallenstein, warlord, Jupiter (tenor)
Ulrich Grüßer, Kepler's pupil, soldier, Mars (tenor)
Daniel Hizler, Pastor in Linz, A Priest in Regensburg, Mercury (bass)
Tansur, astrologer, Saturn (bass)
Baron Starhemberg (baritone)
Christoph Kepler, Johannes Kepler's brother (tenor)
Susanna, Johannes Kepler's Wife, Venus (soprano)
Katharina, Johannes Kepler's mother, Moon (alto)
Young Susanna, Johannes Kepler's daughter (soprano)
Judge, lawyer (baritone)
Chorus (SATB)
People, Soldiers, Constellations
Pit-Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (B),
bass clarinet (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (B), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion (4-5 players), celesta, organ (ad.lib.), harp, strings
triangle, 7 tubular bells, gong, suspended cymbals, cymbals, tambourine, tam-tam,
field drum, snare drum, 2 wood blocks, bass drum, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone
On-stage Orchestra
2 piccolos, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets (B), bassoon
horn (F), 3 trombones, percussion (3-4 players), 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass
triangle, cymbals, field drum, bass drum
Related Works Die Harmonie der Welt Symphony
External Links Hindemith Foundation
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

  • As (or somewhat similarly to - perhaps in the opposite direction?) with the opera Mathis der Maler, the composer based a symphony on motives from this opera; the title "Die Harmonie der Welt" is sometimes used to refer to the symphony without further disambiguation.
- Schissel
  • Incorporates previously composed music from the symphony of the same name
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Hindemith Guide