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Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis, Suite "1922" / John McCabe

Hindemith / Mccabe
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55413   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  John McCabe
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ludus Tonalis is that great work of intellectual gymnastics which has been called a '20th-century composer's reappraisal of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier', but its twelve fugues and their interludes are notable equally for their emotion as for their (indisputable) logic. The work represents a musical statement of Hindemith's theories yet in it we encounter one of the most adventurous works for solo piano of the twentieth century.

The Suite '1922' has five movements which stylize various American popular dance themes, each featuring Hindemith's characteristically cavalier use of traditional harmony and Satie-like instructions to the performer: 'Regard the piano here as an interesting percussion instrument...'
Ludus Tonalis is that great work of intellectual gymnastics which has been called a '20th-century composer's reappraisal of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier', but its twelve fugues and their interludes are notable equally for their emotion as for their (indisputable) logic. The work represents a musical statement of Hindemith's theories yet in it we encounter one of the most adventurous works for solo piano of the twentieth century.

The Suite '1922' has five movements which stylize various American popular dance themes, each featuring Hindemith's characteristically cavalier use of traditional harmony and Satie-like instructions to the performer: 'Regard the piano here as an interesting percussion instrument...'
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ludus tonalis by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
2.
Suite for Piano, Op. 26 "1922" by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 

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