Double Bass Sonata (Hindemith, Paul)

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Scores and Parts

 Complete Score (CA)
#310409 - 1.41MB, 20 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/46/34

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 Bass Part (CA)
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First edition

Publisher Info.:

London: Schott & Co., Ltd., No.4043, 1950. Plate 37574.


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General Information

Work Title Double Bass Sonata
Alternative Title Sonate für Kontrabaß und Piano
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/Sections 4 movements
  1. Allegretto
  2. Scherzo. Allegro assai
  3. Molto Adagio – Recitativo –
  4. Lied. Allegretto grazioso
Year/Date of Composition 1949 August, Taos
First Performance 1950-04-26 in the Konzerthaus Wien
Otto Rühm (double bass), Gerhard Rühm (piano)
First Publication 1950 – London: Schott & Co. Ltd.
Average Duration 13 minutes
Composer Time Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation double bass, piano
External Links Hindemith Foundation

Misc. Comments

2004 printing has edition number KBB 9.

-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
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