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In , Hindemith was sent to join the German army, where he played the bass drum in the regiment band, and he also formed a string quartet. After returning from war, Hindemith founded the Amar Quartet, where he played viola.
He began travelling quite extensively, both on tour, and through his other musical projects. In , Hindemith became a US citizen, although he returned to Europe in , where he lived in Zurich. In the last few years of his life, Hindemith began to conduct more, namely his own compositions, which were then recorded. After a decline in his physical health, Hindemith died on 28th December , age As the title suggests, Symphonic Metamorphosis takes various melodies from different works by Weber.
After being premiered in , Symphonic Metamorphosis gained instant success and praise from audiences in New York. Why Carl Maria von Weber, though? Well, Weber was a very important figure in the development of German opera in the classical era. Further to this, his music also had a small influence on the beginning of Romanticism. In homage to the composer, Hindemith preserves the themes pretty much exactly as Weber composed them, as well as retaining the structure of the works as well.
Symphonic Metamorphosis is in four movements: Allegro.
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (Hindemith, Paul)
At first he supported himself by playing in dance bands and musical-comedy groups. He became deputy leader of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra in , and was promoted to leader in He played second violin in the Rebner String Quartet from Hindemith was conscripted into the German army in September and sent to join his regiment in Alsace in January In May he was deployed to the front in Flanders, where he served as a sentry; his diary shows him "surviving grenade attacks only by good luck", according to New Grove Dictionary.
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra
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