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Paul Hindemith

Biography

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.
    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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  • 2.
    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 4.
    Paul Hindemith: Avant-gardist And Freethinker
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233335 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Louis Cahuzac,  Monique Haas,  Dennis Brain,  Paul Tortelier  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Karel Anerl
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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    Composers In Person
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17575 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Vilma Medgyaszay,  Ferenc Szekeres,  Zoltán Székely  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
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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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  • 8.
    EMI 20th Century Classics - Hindemith
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6863 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  David Shallon,  Paul Hindemith,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Monique Haas - Complete DG Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689502 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Marcel Mihalovici,  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Max Rostal,  Heinz Schröter
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Paul Paray,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  French National Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Original Masters - Hindemith Conducts Hindemith
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000185302 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Hans Gieseler,  Hans Otte
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    Strauss, Hindemith: Horn Concertos / Brain, Hindemith, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67783 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Dennis Brain
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    Hindemith: Requiem For Those We Love / Hindemith, Et Al
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Braun
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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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