Paul Hindemith


Born: 1895   Died: 1963   Country: Germany   Period: 20th Century
A theorist, teacher, violist, conductor, and composer who is regarded by many as the foremost German composer of his generation, Paul Hindemith was one of the most central figures in music between the First and Second World Wars. Born outside of Frankfurt, Hindemith moved with his family to the city in 1902. It was here, in 1904, that Hindemith began taking violin lessons. By 1908, Hindemith became a student of Adolf Rebner, a teacher at the Hoch Read more Conservatory in Frankfurt, who arranged for Hindemith to be awarded a free place at the conservatory the following year. Although he had long been composing, Hindemith, in addition to continuing his study of the violin, began to study composition formally. However, he was forced to leave the conservatory in 1917 when he was called up for military service. He spent most of his service as a member of a regimental band stationed about 3 kilometers from the front line.

After returning from the war, Hindemith again took to the concert stage, having switched to viola in 1919. In 1923 he was invited to join the administrative committee of the Donaueschingen Festival, a group over which he exerted an ever increasing amount of control; programming works of such composers as Schoenberg and Webern. The next year he married Gertrud Rottenberg, the daughter of the conductor of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, an ensemble in which Hindemith had been playing. In 1927 he received an appointment as professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. In addition to maintaining an active performing career, Hindemith soon developed a strong interest in teaching, and even took on an evening class at the Volksmusikschule NeuKolln.

Early in 1934, the Nazi party began a campaign to discredit Hindemith, which culminated in a boycott of the composer's works announced by the Kulturgemeinde in November of that year. In January 1935, Hindemith was given a six-month leave from the Hochschule. However, as the boycott of his music was not endorsed by the music division of the Nazi party until 1937, Hindemith was allowed not only to return to teaching, but also to undertake a series of concert tours abroad, to have his music published, and to enter into an agreement with the government of Turkey to build an organized musical life in that country. However, in 1937, Hindemith left Germany for Switzerland, and in 1940 came to the U.S.

After a series of lecture and teaching engagements which had been arranged by friends, Hindemith took a position at Yale, teaching composition and, from 1945 to 1953, conducting the Collegium Musicum. In 1946, Hindemith became an American citizen. In 1951 he accepted a position at the University of Zurich and, after retiring from Yale in 1953, took up permanent residence in Switzerland. After retiring from his post in Zurich, in 1955, he became more active as a conductor. In November 1963, he was taken ill and transferred to a hospital in Frankfurt, where he died of acute pancreatitis. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bruchner: Symphony No. 7 / Hindemith, Stuttgart Radio Symphony
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 19417 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Szymanowski & Hindemith: Violin Works / Oistrakh
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1355 Release Date: 04/13/2018  
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Vladimir Yampolsky
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart & Henze: Violin Concertos - Martin: Magnificat / Schneiderhan, Seefried, Swiss Festival Orchestra
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95644 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans W. Henze,  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Irmgard Seefried
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Bernard Haitink
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Karl Böhm,  Serge Jaroff,  Leopold Ludwig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Hindemith, Stuttgart Radio Symphony
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94222 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo (Hindemith's Reconstrucion)
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1237 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Gabrieli
    Performer:  Norman Foster,  Auguste Schmoczer,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie
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    Label: West Hill Radio Archives   Catalog: 160875 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Robert Schumann,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Jennie Tourel,  Ralph Berkowitz,  Ivor Newton  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Fritz Reiner,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Alfred Wallenstein  ... 
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    Icon - Dennis Brain - The Horn Player Performs Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6010 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Paul Dukas,  Gordon Jacob,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Gerald Moore,  Stephen Waters,  Gareth Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Jack Allen Westrup,  Karl Haas,  Guido Cantelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morley College Symphony Orchestra,  Dennis Brain Ensemble,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Composers In Person - Paul Hindemith
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55032 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Paul Hindemith,  Emanuel Feuermann,  Szymon Goldberg,  Louis Cahuzac  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Historic Telecasts / Reiner, Stokowski, Hindemith
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4237 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Paul Hindemith,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Leopold Stokowski,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertate; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy / Oistrakh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470258 Release Date: 12/17/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Max Bruch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Jascha Horenstein,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Clara Haskil At Montreux - Mozart, Hindemith
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4864 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Hindemith: Symphony
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 433081 Release Date: 10/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Paul Hindemith,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Stockholm Philharmonic - 75 Years 1914-1989
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 421 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gösta Nyström,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Performer:  Frederick Hemke,  Kerstin Thorborg,  Joel Berglund,  Harriet Selin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  Tor Mann,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Musikaliska Sällskapet,  Stockholm University Chorus
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    Hindemith: Symphony In Bb;  Berg / Hindemith, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 197891 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Carl Seemann,  Wolfgang Marschner,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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