Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Thème et Variations “Les Quatre Tempéraments” (1940)

for piano and strings

stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1940
    • Duration: 29 mn
    • Publisher: Schott
Detailed formation
  • soloist: piano
  • strings

Premiere information

  • Date: 10 March 1943

    Suisse, Winterthour


    Rudolf am Bach, piano ; Hermann Scherchen, direction — version de concert

  • Date: 20 November 1946

    États-Unis, New York, Central High School of Needle Trades 


    George Balanchine, chorégraphie ; New York City Ballet — version de ballet

Table of contents

A. Theme
B. First Variation: Melancholic
C. Second Variation: Sanguine
D. Third Variation: Phlegmatic
E. Fourth Variation: Choleric