Organ Sonata No.1 (Hindemith, Paul)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.2557, 1937. Plate 35308.
Misc. Notes IDS Basel copy has London: Schott rather than Mainz: Schott.
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General Information

Work Title Organ Sonata No.1
Alternative. Title
Composer Hindemith, Paul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPH 107
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
  1. Mäßig schnell (Half note.png = 92) - Lebhaft (♩‧ = 69)
  2. Sehr langsam (♪ = etwa 50) - gleich weiter
  3. Phantasie, frei
  4. Ruhig bewegt (= etwa 96)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1937 June, Berlin
First Performance. 1938-01-18 in London
Ralph Downes (organ)
First Publication. 1937 – Mainz: Schott
Copyright Information U.S. copyright status: copyright renewed 1964 (R352003)

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, 2033.

Average DurationAvg. Duration 18 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation organ
Discography All Music Guide
External Links Hindemith Foundation
1961 thesis by John Stuart McIntosh

Misc. Comments

  • Note the(copyrighted) thesis on the first two organ sonatas (for download but not distribution) from the University of Rochester, written by John Stuart McIntosh in 1961 -see external link from Sibley.
  • A rejected first version of the "Phantasie" section of the second movement survives in manuscript.
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide