Paul Hindemith 1923

Hindemith wrote such a wealth of music for solo instruments that almost every player in the orchestra has a piece. Hindemith wrote Sonatas for flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and even wrote for rare instruments like heckelphone. Double reed players particularly like Hindemith because so few works for solo were written for us during the early 20th century, and his are so idiomatic.

Hindemith Playing Bassoon, 1940
Hindemith Playing Bassoon, 1940

The Hindemith Bassoon Sonata is a college bassoon recital ringer. It is harmonically interesting without being too taxing (for the bassoon player)

Hindemith’s music was banned from performance in Germany in 1936 and so he relocated to Switzerland. And in 1938 he wrote the oboe sonata and bassoon sonata.

The following year, still in Switzerland, he composed the clarinet sonata, trumpet sonata, harp sonata, french horn sonata, a viola sonata and a violin sonata.

Paul Hindemith died in 1963; in the last decade of his life he completed the tuba sonata, string bass sonata, organ concerto and sonata for four horns


For all orchestral musicians and music students it is well known that late february/early March is school audition season. This is the time that all of the music schools hold auditions for instruments to determine who will be attending the next fall semester. I am now applying for grad schools and am right in the middle of a few auditions. I took an audition at the New England Conservatory two weekends ago and this weekend will be the Manhattan school of music and the Juilliard school. Now all of the school ask for some similar pieces but some are a little different. For example at Juilliard and NEC I am applying for a bassoon performance degree, where as at MSM I am applying for an orchestral studies degree. So Juilliard and NEC are asking for more solo repertoire and MSM is more a bunch of orchestral excerpts. I graduated from my undergrad last spring so i have enjoyed a few months of to prepare for these auditions but even still there are VERY talented people applying for these degrees and I’m excited just to hear some of them and see the schools! here are the lists

Manhattan School Of Music

Orchestral performance degree

Solo Works

Mozart Concerto, K. 191.

Hindemith sonata


Beethoven Symphony No. 4, last mvt.

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Overture

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, opening solo

Ravel Bolero

Ravel Piano concerto

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade, solo & cadenzas

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, mvts. 1,2 & 4

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, mvts. 1 & 4



Two complete works of contrasting styles and periods; one must be a concerto.

Four or more standard orchestral excerpts.


Saint Saens


Ravel piano Concerto


Tchaik 4

Brahms 3

New England Conservatory


Two contrasting movements from a Baroque, Classical, or Early Romantic sonata or concerto.


Two contrasting movements from a Classical or Romantic sonata or concerto.

Saint Saens

Two contrasting movements from a contemporary sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).


Four orchestral excerpts of your choice.


Ravel piano concerto in G


Tchaikovsky 4