Mathis der Maler (Hindemith, Paul)

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Editor First edition (reissued)
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.4575, 1937. Plate 39453.
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Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.3300, 1935. Plate 34002.
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Work Title Mathis der Maler
Alternative. Title Matthias the Painter
Oper in sieben Bildern Text von Paul Hindemith
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 scenes
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1933 June - 1934 November (Libretto)
1934-08-09 (Vocal Score)
1935-07-20 (Full Score)
First Performance. 1938-05-28 in Zurich, Chorus and Orchestra of the Stadttheater
Robert F. Denzler (conductor), Karl Schmid-Bloß and Hans Zimmermann (stage directors)
Roman Clemens (sets)
First Publication. 1935 (libretto)
1935 (vocal score in German)
1937 (full score)
1970 (vocal score in German with English translation, Walter Ducloux (1913-1997))
Librettist Composer
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 177-180 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Voices
Albrecht von Brandenburg, Cardinal Archbishop of Mainz (tenor)
Mathis, a painter, in love with Ursula (baritone)
Lorenz von Pommersfelden, Catholic Dean of Mainz Cathedral (bass)
Wolfgang Capito, Albrecht's counsellor [council of cardinal] (tenor)
Riedinger, a rich protestant citizen (bass)
Hans Schwalb, leader of the peasants (tenor)
Truchsess von Waldburg, an army general (bass)
Sylvester von Schaumberg, an army officer (tenor)
Count Helfenstein (silent role)
The Piper of Earls (tenor)
Ursula, Riedinger's daughter (soprano)
Regina, Schwalb's child daughter (soprano)
Countess Helfenstein (contralto)
Chorus (SATB)
citizens, farmers, farm servants
Orchestra
2 flutes (both also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (B), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion (2-3 players), strings
triangle, bell, suspended cymbal, cymbals, tam-tam, tambourine,
field drum, woodblock, snare drum, bass drum, castanets
Incidental Music (In the Fourth Scene)
3 trumpets (C)
Related Works Mathis der Maler Symphony
External Links Hindemith Foundation
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

  • Two duets (from the sixth and seventh tableaux) were premiered on 16 December 1937 in Amsterdam, sung by August Seidler and Hans Hotter; Paul Hindemith conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Incorporates previously composed music from the symphony of the same name. Subsequent occasional changes in orchestration were made as late as 1958, although these are not reflected in the published score. Editions of the libretto from c. 1965 onward contain facing English translation by Walter Ducloux.
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
  • Original Cast
Asger Stig (Mathis)
Peter Baxevanos (Albrecht)
Fritz Honisch (Pommersfelden)
Ernst Mosbacher (Schwalb)
Albert Emmerich (Riedinger)
Simon Bermanis (Capito)
Marko Rothmüller (Waldburg)
Max Theo Zehntner (Schaumburg)
Angelo Rovid (Count Helfenstein)
Jos. Schnaiter-Wander (Pfeifer)
Judith Hellweg (Ursula)
Leni Funk (Regina)
Georgine von Milinkovic (Countess Helfenstein)
  • In the Symphony of the same name, each movement below is taken from the following parts of the full opera:
I. Engelkonzert (The overture)
II. Grablegung (Orchestral interlude from the last act)
III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (Orchestral piece reworked and amplified into a visionary scene in Scene 6 of the Opera)
-Cited from Wikipedia