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Variations
composer
1936; discarded, at the suggestion of Walter Gieseking, second movement from Piano Sonata No 1 in A major

Recordings
'Hindemith: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67977)
Hindemith: Piano Sonatas
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Track 14 on CDA67977 [8'34]

Variations
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When Sonata No 1 was first completed, it had a different second movement, entitled Variations (‘Variationen’). But Walter Gieseking, who was scheduled to give the premiere in late 1936, requested that Hindemith should write something different, and the composer obliged with the slow march which now stands in its place. The variations remained unpublished until after Hindemith’s death. This too has a slow march subject (different from that in the replacement movement). The variations cover a wide gamut of expression, including a beautiful extended arioso variation characterized by the use of trills, but some of them are more dissonant and angular than the rest of the writing in the piano sonata, and the ending is stark and grim.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2013

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Details for CDA67977 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-97714
Duration
8'34
Recording date
26 March 2013
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Hindemith: Piano Sonatas (CDA67977)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2013
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