Instrumentation: Soprano, Cello, Viola, Violin I, Violin II
Work Language: German
Size: 9.1 x 11.9 inches
In addition to the two magnificent string quartet parodies - "Repertory for military music 'Minimax'" and "Overture of 'The Flying Dutchman' as played at sight by a bad spa orchestra at the well at 7 in the morning" - 'Uncanny Invitation' is another merry work by Paul Hindemith, a 'Song with Full Orchestra Accompaniment in the Style of Richard Strauss. Text taken from a Beekeeper's Journal. For soprano and quartet". Strauss' song "Secret Invitation" probably was behind the corruption of the title. The text, slightly changed by Hindemith, from the magazine "Bees and how to keep them" from 1924 inspired Hindemith to make this creation, provided with the invitation "to bathe young … at the apiary (i.e. at the source of the Danube)", to not let oneself be carried away by the ageing Strauss, but by contemporary music.