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Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith

Born: 1895 Died: 1963

Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher, music theorist and conductor. Born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Hindemith was taught the violin as a child. He entered Frankfurt's Hoch'sche Konservatorium, where he studied violin with Adolf Rebner, as well as conducting and composition with Arnold Mendelssohn and Bernhard Sekles. At first he supported himself by playing in dance bands and musical-comedy groups. He became deputy leader of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra in 1914, and was promoted to leader in 1917. He played second violin in the Rebner String Quartet from 1914. In 1921 he founded the Amar Quartet,(1) playing viola, and extensively toured Europe.

In 1922, some of his pieces were played in the International Society for Contemporary Music festival at Salzburg, which first brought him to the attention of an international audience. The following year, he began to work as an organizer of the Donaueschingen Festival, where he programmed works by several avant garde composers, including Anton Webern and Arnold Schoenberg. From 1927 he taught composition at the Berliner Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin.

During the 1930s he made a visit to Cairo and several visits to Ankara where (at the invitation of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk) he led the task of reorganizing Turkish music education and the early efforts for the establishment of Turkish State Opera and Ballet. Towards the end of the 1930s, he made several tours in America as a viola and viola d'amore soloist.

Hindemith is among the most significant German composers of his time. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and he later produced expressionist works, rather in the style of early Arnold Schoenberg, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. This style has been described as neoclassical,(citation needed) but is very different from the works by Igor Stravinsky labeled with that term, owing more to the contrapuntal language of Bach than the Classical clarity of Mozart.

Most of Hindemith's music employs a unique system that is tonal but non-diatonic. Like most tonal music, it is centered on a tonic and modulates from one tonal center to another, but it uses all 12 notes freely rather than relying on a scale picked as a subset of these notes. Hindemith even rewrote some of his music after developing this system. One of the key features of his system is that he ranks all musical intervals of the 12-tone equally tempered scale from the most consonant to the most dissonant. He classifies chords in six categories, on the basis of how dissonant they are, whether or not they contain a tritone, and whether or not they clearly suggest a root or tonal center. Hindemith's philosophy also encompassed melody-he strove for melodies that do not clearly outline major or minor triads.

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Paul Hindemith : Kanons : SATB : 01 Songbook : Paul Hindemith : 884088255756 : 49032915

Paul Hindemith : Kanons

Review: These canons now published for the first time document Hindemith's fondness of composing little parodistic works with a wink on certain occasions. More than 30 artistic postcard-sized works were written by the composer. In strict counterpoint, he used them to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. Some of these witty and entertaining pieces have been released on recordings several times, but they have not been available in printed editions yet. Our first edition now enables every choir and every small singing group to find a canon of the appropriate level of difficulty and perform it on many occasions with great success with the audience.

Songlist: 30 Kanons

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7308b | Songbook $34.95 | SATB add item to cart German Choral Music


Paul Hindemith : Nine Short Songs for American School Songbooks : SATB : 01 Songbook : Paul Hindemith : 841886012080 : 1476899843 : 49018278

Paul Hindemith : Nine Short Songs for American School Songbooks

Review: In print here for the first time. Choir a cappella. Hindemith composed these more than 30 artistic postcard-sized works to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. English text.

Songlist: The Spider's Web, Romance, Rain, Prayer For a Pilot, April Rain, Thrush Song, A Rain Song, The Sea Gypsy, Young and Old

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7309b | Songbook $10.95 | SATB add item to cart


Paul Hindemith : Six Chansons : SATB : 01 Songbook : Paul Hindemith : 073999477641 : 49001221

Paul Hindemith : Six Chansons

Review: A nature-themed collection for unaccompanied mixed voices.

Songlist: La Biche (The Doe), Un Cygne (A Swan), Puisque tout passe (Since all is passing), Printemps (Springtime), En hiver (In Winter), Verger (Orchard)

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7416b | Songbook $7.95 | SATB add item to cart


Netherlands Chamber Choir : Hindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus : 00  1 CD : Uwe Gronostay : Paul Hindemith : 5125

Netherlands Chamber Choir : Hindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus

Review: Hindemith is among the most significant German composers of his time. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and he later produced expressionist works, rather in the style of early Arnold Schoenberg, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. This style has been described as neoclassical, but is very different from the works by Igor Stravinsky labeled with that term, owing more to the contrapuntal language of Bach than the Classical clarity of Mozart.

Songlist: Six Chansons nach Rilke - La Biche, Un Cygne, Puisque tout passe, Printemps, En Hiver, Verger, Eine lichte Mitternacht, Du mubt dir Alles geben, Der Tod, Nun da der Tag, Mitwelt, Tauche deine Furcht, Trink aus, Fruhling, Judaskuss, Du Zweifel, Mass for mixed chorus - Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnes Dei

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5990c | 1 CD $15.95 add item to cart Dutch Choral Music

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A Rain SongPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Agnes DeiPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
April RainPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
BenedictusPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
CredoPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Der TodPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Du mubt dir Alles gebenPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Du ZweifelPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Eine lichte MitternachtPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
En HiverPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
FruhlingPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
GloriaPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
JudaskussPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Mass for mixed chorus - KyriePaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
MitweltPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nun da der TagPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Prayer For a PilotPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
PrintempsPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Puisque tout passePaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
RainPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
RomancePaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
SanctusPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Six Chansons nach Rilke - La BichePaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Tauche deine FurchtPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Sea GypsyPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
The Spider's WebPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Thrush SongPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Trink ausPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Un CygnePaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
VergerPaul HindemithNetherlands Chamber ChoirHindemith Choral Works for a Cappella Chorus 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
When Lilacs Last In The Moonlight Dooryard Bloom'dPaul HindemithAtlanta Symphony Chorus - Robert Shaw Festival SingersElegy 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Young and OldPaul HindemithPaul HindemithNine Short Songs for American School SongbooksSongbookMORE DETAILS 


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