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Paul Hindemith

composer , musician

Paul Hindemith, musician, composer. member German Academy.

Background

Hindemith, Paul was born on November 16, 1895 in Hanau, Germany.

Education

Student violin and viola Hoch Konservatory, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Career

Composer works for ballet, piano, opera orchs. Made numerous recs.

Achievements

  • Hindemith's many compositions reveal a remarkable versatility. The earlier works, composed mainly for chamber groups, reflect the anti-Romantic tendencies characteristic of German creative work after World War I, but the harsh dissonances and vague tonalities of this music were considerably modified in later works as the composer's style matured. In 1927 Hindemith began to experiment successfully in writing so-called Gebrauchsmusik ("music for use") for school and home; among his compositions of this type an operetta, Hier und zurückzuruck (1927) (There and Back), is frequently performed in the United States.

Works

  • Mathis der Maler (1934)

Membership

Member German Academy.