Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis
Stephen Johnson explores the relationship between Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis" and the themes by the German romantic composer, Carl Maria von Weber, on which it is loosely based. By the time he completed the work in 1943 Hindemith had been living in America for some time. Originally the composer had intended to produce a ballet with the impresario Léonide Massine but the two of them fell out and the project was dropped. Three years later Hindemith revisited the material, reworking it into the "Symphonic Metamorphosis".