Huber, Hans


Huber, Hans

Symphony No. 1 in D minor Op. 63 ‘Tell Symphony’

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Hans Huber – Symphony No. 1 in D minor Op. 63 ‘Tell Symphony’

(b. Eggenburg near Solothurn, 28 June 1852 — d. Locarno, 25 December 1821)


I Allegro ma non troppo (p. 3) – Più vivace (p. 45)
II Adagio ma non troppo (p. 50) – Etwas bewegter (p. 55) – Tempo primo (p. 63) – Più lento (p. 68)
III Allegretto. Im langsamen Hochzeitsmarschtempo (p. 69) – Etwas langsamer (p. 78) – Tempo primo –
Tempo eines Choralgesanges (p. 83) – Tempo primo (p. 87) – Presto (p. 97)
IV Andante (p. 98) – Allegro con fuoco (p. 100) – Andante. Tempo einer Choralhymne (p. 130) – Presto (p. 134) – Prestissimo (p. 135)

Hans Huber, a former Leipzig pupil of Carl Reinecke (1824-1910), lived in Basel from 1877 on. In his day he was honored as Switzerland’s national composer and viewed in neighboring countries as the “leader of the Swiss school of composition.” He wrote nine symphonies, although he quickly withdrew his original Second Symphony in A major, whose première he conducted in Basel on 2 February 1890 (the first is his Tell Symphony, op. 63, premièred in Basel under his baton on 26 April 1881). As a result, the Symphony in E minor, known as the “Böcklin Symphony” (op. 115), is now called his Second. It was a huge success, as was the Third Symphony in C major (“The Heroic,” op. 118), which he premièred in Basel on 9 February 1902. They were followed in 1903 by the Fourth Symphony in A major, originally written as a Concerto grosso and later called “The Academic” (its final version was presented in Zurich on 3 February 1919) and by the Fifth Symphony in F major (“The Romantic”), first performed in Basel on 11 February 1906. The latter is actually a program symphony based on Justinus Kerner’s ballad “Der Geiger von Gmünd” (“The Fiddler at Gmünd”). In 1911 Huber completed his Sixth Symphony, and in his final years he added the Seventh in D minor and the Eighth in F major, which Hermann Suter premièred in Basel on 29 October 1921.

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