Viola Sonata (Hindemith, Paul)

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Scores and Parts

 Piano score (CA)
#309418 - 4.37MB, 48 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/36/34

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 Viola part (CA)
#309419 - 1.43MB, 15 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/36/34

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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.3640, 1940. Plate 36091.


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General Information

Work Title Viola Sonata
Alternative Title Sonate für Bratsche und Klavier
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/Sections 4 movements
  1. Breit. Mit Kraft
  2. Sehr lebhaft
  3. Phantasie. Sehr langsam, frei
  4. Finale (mit zwei Variationen)
Year/Date of Composition 1938 July-1939-04-13
First Performance 1939-04-23, Town Hall, New York
Paul Hindemith (viola), Jesús Maria Sanromá (piano)
First Publication 1940 – Mainz: Schott
Copyright Information U.S. copyright status: copyright renewed 1968 (R426716)

In the USA, This item is not in the public domain because it was renewed 28 years after first publication with a proper notice or it was "restored" to copyright status via a Notice of Intent to Enforce (NIE) under the provisions of the GATT/TRIPS amendments. It will enter the US public domain on January 1st, 2036.

Composer Time Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation viola, piano
External Links Hindemith Foundation

Misc. Comments

Finale completed April 13 1939 according to above Hindemith Memorial Year site link. (First movement completed in 1938.)

Occasionally referred to as his viola sonata "No. 3" or "in F" in older sources, but never by Hindemith himself.

-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
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