Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra

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The Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra, Op. 50 is a work by Paul Hindemith, composed in 1930. It was one of a large group of pieces commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by its music director, Serge Koussevitzky (other 50th anniversary commissions included the Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel, the Symphony of Psalms of Igor Stravinsky), Aaron Copland’s Symphonic Ode, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 ("Romantic"), Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 1, Serge Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 (original version) and Albert Roussel’s Symphony No. 3. Koussevitzky conducted the premiere of Hindemith’s work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 3, 1931.

This was the last of three 1930 scores that Hindemith designated "Konzertmusik" (which may be translated as "Concert Music"): the others were the Konzertmusik for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 48 and the Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass and Harp, Op. 49. Hindemith never used for the designation for any subsequent work. Indeed, the Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra was the last piece to which he assigned an opus number.

Some twenty minutes in duration, Hindemith's score is cast in two movements, each divided into several sections:

I. Mässig schnell, mit Kraft – Sehr breit, aber stehts fliessend (Moderately fast, with power – Very broad, but always flowing)

II. Lebhaft – Langsam – Im ersten Zeitmass (Fast – Slow – Tempo primo)

(Translated from Wikipedia.fr and somewhat amplified)