Paul Hindemith wrote Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber in 1943, during his tenure as a professor of music at the Yale School of Music. He felt strongly that Metamorphosis should be available in a band version and asked colleague Keith Wilson to do the transcription. In 1960 Hindemith's publishers finally granted permission and one and one half years later the project was completed. The March from Symphonic Metamorphosis is the fourth and final movement of the work. The most important part of the march theme is a little two-bar fragment which begins in the brass at the outset. This reappears and is developed at different points throughout the movement. There is a contracting lyrical "trio" theme which is repeated and developed, fortissimo, featuring a stunning crescendo passage in the horns. The overall form of the piece is somewhat different than that of a standard march.
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