Movement 1: Lebhaft
Movement 2: Ruhig und gemessen
Movement 3: Im Zeitmass und Charakter eines geschwinden Tanzes
The slow movement is, by contrast, a calm and lyrical utterance, at least at the outset, though it turns more agitated and passionate as it proceeds, with expansive violin and piano writing redolent of Hindemith’s Romantic forebears. It is, however, a shapely and impressive movement, displaying the young Hindemith’s gift for expressive melody.
The finale, marked to be played ‘in the tempo and character of a fast dance’, is a cheerful, robustly tuneful affair which could be compared to the near-contemporary music for Much Ado About Nothing by Hindemith’s young rival Erich Wolfgang Korngold, especially when it lapses into a luscious contrasting subject. Here Hindemith evokes Baroque dance-forms in a wholly updated way, providing a jovial conclusion to a remarkably appealing work.
from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2013