Das Unaufhörliche (Hindemith, Paul)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.3258, 1931. Plate 32937.
Misc. Notes 600 dpi.
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General Information

Work Title Das Unaufhörliche
Alternative. Title The Never-Ending
Composer Hindemith, Paul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPH 165
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 parts
I. Erster Teil
1. Chor
2. Sopran und Tenor Solo
3. Baß Solo mit Männerchor
4. Sopran Solo
5. Soli und Chor
II. Zweiter Teil
6. Sopran Solo und Frauenchor
7. Tenor und Baß Solo
8. Kleiner Marsch
9. Sopran und Baß Solo
10. Baß Solo mit Chor
11. Tenor Solo
12. Sopran Solo mit Chor
III. Dritter Teil
13. Vorspiel
14. Wechselchor
15. Terzett und Tenor Solo
16. Bariton Solo
17. Männer- und Knabenchor
18. Schlußchor
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1931 (January) - 1931 (June 25) in Berlin
First Performance. 1931-11-21 in Berlin, Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester und Chor
Adelheid Armhold (soprano), Karl Kullmann (tenor),
Matthieu Ahlersmeyer (bass), Otto Klemperer (conductor)
First Publication. 1931 (Vocal and Choral Scores)
1996 (Full Score: SW VII/I)
Librettist Gottfried Benn (1886-1956)
Language German
Dedication Für die liebe Gertrud zum 2. August 1931 (appears in autograph full score, see misc. comments)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 85 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
soprano, alto, baritone, bass
Boys Chorus (SA)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon (ad.lib.)
3 horns (F), 2 trumpets (C), 2 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion (1 player): cymbals, suspended cymbals, field drum, snare drum
organ* (ad.lib.), strings
External Links Hindemith Foundation
Wikipedia article (German)
Hindemith turns to Benn about Das Unaufhörliche

Misc. Comments

  • Performance directions allow for baritone solo to be sung by bass, and omission or organ part. Early version of no.7 reproduced in SW (Sämtliche Werke). Some changes made to the orchestration for a London performance in March 1933, but these have not survived. Autograph score dedicated to Gertrud Hindemith upon her birthday (2 August 1931), but this does not appear in any of the published editions prior to the volume in SW. Musical content of no.4 also used in the Konzermusik für Trautonium und Orchester (q.v.).
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide

Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1931), p.259 mentions partitur ((full) score), but abschrift and for rent, if I understand right.