When Lilacs last in the Door-yard Bloom'd (Hindemith, Paul)

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Arranger Composer (piano reduction)
Editor First edition (reissue)
Publisher. Info. New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. 1948.
Reprinted Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.3800, 1948. Plate 37329.
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Work Title When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd
Als Flieder jüngst mir im Garten blüht'
Alternative. Title A Requiem "For those we love"
Ein Requiem "Denen, die wir lieben"
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 11 scenes
  1. When lilacs: (Baritone and Chorus)
  2. Arioso, In the swamp: (Mezzo-Soprano Solo)
  3. March, Over the breast of the spring: (Chorus and Baritone)
  4. O western orb: (Baritone and Chorus)
  5. Arioso, Sing on, there in the swamp: (Mezzo-Soprano Solo)
  6. Song, O how shall I warble: (Baritone and Chorus)
  7. Introduction and Fugue, Lo! body and soul: (Chorus)
  8. Sing on! you gray-brown bird: (Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone Soli and Duet)
  9. Death Carol, Come, lovely and soothing Death: (Chorus)
  10. To the tally of my soul: (Baritone and Chorus)
  11. Finale, Passing the visions: (Baritone-, Mezzo-Soprano Soli and Chorus)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1946, New Haven
1946-03-20 (Vocal Score Completed)
1946-04-20 (Full Score Completed)
1947-10-17 (German Translation Completed)
First Performance. 1946-05-14 in New York City Center, Unidentified Orchestra
Collegiate Chorale, Mona Paullee (contralto),
George Burnson (baritone), Robert Shaw (conductor)
First Publication. 1946 (Choral Score, English, AMP)
1948 (Choral Score, English/German, Schott)
1948 (Vocal Score, English, AMP)
1948 (Vocal Score, English/German, Schott)
1986 (Full Score, SW VII/2)
Librettist Walt Whitman (1819-1892); German text by composer
Language English/German
Dedication Collegiate Chorale, New York (commissioned by its conductor, Robert Shaw).
Average DurationAvg. Duration 63 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Mezzo Soprano (Solo)
Baritone (Solo)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet,
bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon
3 horns, bugle (offstage), 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion (3 players), organ, strings
bass drum, chimes, cymbals, suspended cymbals, glockenspiel, gong,
parade drum, snare drum, triangle
Related Works Nine English Songs (No.5)
External Links Wikipedia article
Hindemith Foundation

Misc. Comments

No. 5 (Arioso, Sing on, there in the swamp) is an orchestration of one of the Nine English Songs. Hindemith performed the prelude numerous times as a separate concert item. Baritone soloist in the premiere performance better known as George London, and sang the same part under the latter name on Hindemith's recording for Columbia.

-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide