String Quartet No.1, Op.2 (Hindemith, Paul)



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I. Sehr Lebhaft (10:57)
II. Adagio (11:21)
III. Scherzo, IV. Ziemlich lebhaft (13:11)

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General Information

Work Title String Quartet No.1
Alternative. Title 1. Streichquartett in C-Dur
String Quartet in C Major
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.2
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPH 139
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
I. Sehr Lebhaft (Half note.png ‧ = 66-72)
II. Adagio: Im Anfang (= 40) dann allmählich schneller werden
III. Scherzo: Sehr lebhaft (♩‧ = 66-72)
IV. Ziemlich lebhaft
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1914-15 (completed score 1915 March/April)
First Performance. 1915-04-26 at the Dr. Hoch’s Conservatorium, Frankfurt am Main
Paul Hindemith (violin I), Hermann Kraus (violin II),
Hermann Gebler (viola), Rudolf Hindemith (cello)
First Publication. 1994 – Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne
Average DurationAvg. Duration 38 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
External Links Hindemith Foundation

Misc. Comments

  • Hindemith wrote seven string quartets; Schott published all except for Op.2 (String Quartet No.1, here). The traditional numbering, with Op.10 (String Quartet No. 2) as the first quartet, is Schott's; throughout his lifetime and with a high degree of consistency, Hindemith numbered the Op.2 quartet as his first (here), and the remaining six quartets as Nos.2-7. The Op.22 quartet is even identified as No.4 on the program of its premiere performance. Since the early 1990s, all Schott printings of the quartets make use of Hindemith's own numbering.
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide