Die Harmonie der Welt (Hindemith, Paul)

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 Prelude & Act I (CA)
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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.4925, 1957. Plate 39539.

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General Information

Work Title Die Harmonie der Welt
Alternative Title The Harmony of the World
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/Sections 5 acts, 14 scenes
Year/Date of Composition 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 Duration 2–3 hours (160 minutes)
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,
bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion (4-5 players), celesta, organ (ad.lib.), 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, bassoon
horn, 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
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