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
Hindemith: Three Organ Sonatas, Schoenberg: Variations / Bowyer
Release Date: 11/01/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5411   Number of Discs: 1
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The Sonatas: Brahms, Gubaidulina, Hindemith, Vasks
Release Date: 10/02/2015   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6312   Number of Discs: 1
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Hindemith: Music For One And Two Pianos / Roberts, Strong
Release Date: 07/09/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5459/60   Number of Discs: 2
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Weill, Schulhoff, Hindemith: String Quartets / Brandis
Release Date: 04/16/1995   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5410   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms, Hindemith, Dvorak / Strehle, Wisniewska
Release Date: 06/02/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5473   Number of Discs: 1
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Composition Type: Orchestral

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    Samson Francois: Complete Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 526186 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Pierre Barbizet
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  Paul Kletzki,  Witold Rowicki,  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 2.
    Hindemith: Kammermusik Nos. 4-7, Vol. 2 / Eschenbach, Kronberg Academy Soloists
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE 1357-2 Release Date: 09/04/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Stephen Waarts,  Timothy Ridout,  Ziyu Shen,  Christian Schmitt
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronberg Academy Soloists
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  • 3.
    Hindemith: Vol. 1 - Kammermusik I-II-III & Kleine Kammermusik / Eschenbach
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1341 Release Date: 03/06/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra,  Kronberg Academy Soloists
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    Modern Times Edition / Steffens, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7337 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Henri Dutilleux,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Arantza Ezenarro,  Paul Armin [Baritone Vocals] Edelmann,  Florian Barak,  Beate Anton  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Steffens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Hindemith Conducts Hindemith / Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 377 Release Date: 07/05/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Hans Gieseler,  Hans Otte
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Masterpieces for Symphonic Band, Programs 1-3 / Schwarz, United States Marine Band
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110589 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Gerard Schwarz,  Jennifer Higdon,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
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  • 7.
    Arensky, Hindemith, Schreker & Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works / Gazarian, Georgische Kammerorchester
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38253 Release Date: 07/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Paul Hindemith,  Franz Schreker,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ruben Gazarian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Idil Biret: The Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501303 Release Date: 06/22/2018   Number of Discs: 130
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Martin Sauer,  Roderic Von Bennigsen,  Gulben Ozisik Cayan  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Robert Stankovsky,  Emil Tabakov,  José Serebrier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  London String Quartet  ... 
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  • 9.
    Joseph Keilberth: Postwar Telefunken Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 570776 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Hoelscher
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 7
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19061 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Carl Ruggles,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Imrich Szabo,  Thomas Moser,  Mártha Szirmay,  Ellen Shade  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis / Janowski, WDR Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186672 Release Date: 02/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Leonard Bernstein: Remastered Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541714 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 100
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Shapero  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 13.
    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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  • 14.
    The Gerard Schwarz Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503294 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Webern,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Thelma Handy,  Kenneth Munday,  David Shifrin,  Richard Todd  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Gunther Schuller,  Jason K. Fettig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony  ... 
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  • 15.
    DG 111: The Conductors / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797477 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gaston Litaize,  Alain Moglia,  Luben Yordanoff,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Hindemith: Der Damon, Herodiade, Kammermusik Nos. 1 & 2 / Fischer-Dieskau, Ensemble Varianti
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 16014 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Florian Henschel,  Gisela Zoch-Westphal
    Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Varianti
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  • 17.
    Idil Biret: 20th Century Piano Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501504 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    Hindemith: Symphonie
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1275 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mariss Jansons Live: The Radio Recordings, 1990-2014 [13-CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 15002 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Louis Andriessen,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Leo van Doeselaar  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Brass Too
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 14010 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Detlev Glanert,  Henri Tomasi,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivan Meylemans,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Music For Strings: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok, Vivaldi / Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002127202 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Visions Fugitives - Music For Strings / Tonnesen, Camerata Nordica
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2126 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Paul Hindemith,  Anton Webern,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Terje Tonnesen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
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  • 24.
    Miraculous Metamorphoses: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 1322 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
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  • 25.
    Hindemith: Sonatas for Violin and Piano; Kleine Sonata for Viola d'Amore / Sanzo, Paciariello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94782 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Luca Sanzň,  Maurizio Paciariello
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