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PAUL HINDEMITH

Respected as one of the most distinguished viola players of his time, Hindemith devoted the earlier part of his career to performance, first as a violinist and then as a viola player in the Amar-Hindemith Quartet, while developing his powers as a composer and his distinctive theories of harmony and of the place of the composer in society. His name is particularly associated with the concept of Gebrauchsmusik, and the composer as craftsman. He was prolific in composition and wrote music in a variety of forms. Attacked by the National Socialists, he left his native Germany in 1935, taking leave from the Berlin Musikhochschule where he had served as professor of composition for some eight years. In 1940 he settled in the United States, teaching at Yale University, a position he combined after the War with a similar position at the University of Zurich. He died in his native city of Frankfurt in 1963.

Operas and Stage Works

Hindemith found himself in open conflict with the National Socialist government of Germany in 1934 with his opera Mathis der Maler, the banning of which brought about the resignation of the conductor Furtwängler from his official positions. He derived a symphony of the same title from the opera. The dance legend Nobilissima visione, based on the life of St Francis of Assisi and first performed in London in 1938, is better known in occasional instrumental excerpts, although there is a concert suite from the work.

Orchestral Music

In addition to the ‘Mathis der Maler’ Symphony, the Symphonic Metamorphoses after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber is in general repertoire. Hindemith wrote concertos for various solo instruments. Of these the concertos for his own instrument, the viola, are notable, in particular the attractive Der Schwanendreher (‘The Swan-Drover’), based on folksongs, and Kammermusik No. 5 for viola and chamber orchestra.

Chamber Music

Among the various duo sonatas written by Hindemith, some of those for violin and piano and for viola and piano are of particular interest. The sonata repertoire provided for tuba, double bass, horn, harp, trumpet, viola d’amore, cor anglais and other instruments is of interest, as are the three organ sonatas.

Piano Music

Apart from his three piano sonatas and sonatas for two pianos and for piano duet, Ludus tonalis is Hindemith’s most ambitious work for piano – a set of fugues and interludes through the keys, in the manner of J.S. Bach, preceded by an introduction that is inverted in the conclusion.

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20th Century Classics Naxos 8.505035

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Flourishes Altissimo
75442261752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BACH, J. / HINDEMITH / SANDSTROM: Music for Brass Ensemble BIS
BIS-CD-544
Chamber Music
BARBER: Summer Music / JOLIVET: Serenade / HINDEMITH: Kleine Kammermusik BIS
BIS-CD-291
Chamber Music
Bassoon Concertos (20th Century) - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / HINDEMITH, P. / JOLIVET, A. / GUBAIDULINA, S. (S. Azzolini, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Bourgue) Capriccio
C67139
Concertos
BERG / HINDEMITH / HARTMANN: Piano Sonatas / SCHOENBERG: 3 Piano Pieces Naxos
8.570401
Instrumental
BLISS: Colour Symphony / HINDEMITH: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" (Bliss, Hindemith) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80004
Orchestral
Cello Recital: Hurtaud, Sébastien: HINDEMITH, P. Naxos
8.573172
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Chamber Music - GRIEG, E. / HINDEMITH, P. / POULENC, F. / MARTINU, B. (The Beauty of Two) (Kennedy Center Chamber Players) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90705
Chamber Music
Choral Music (French) - ABSIL, J. / RAVEL, M. / POULENC, F. / HINDEMITH, P. (Europa Chor Akademie, Cambreling) Capriccio
C67151
Choral - Secular
Contemporary Music for Strings - MARTIN, F. / HINDEMITH, P. / BERKELEY, L. / BARBER, S. (Munchinger) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81086
Orchestral
COPLAND / HINDEMITH / ARNOLD: Clarinet Concertos dedicated to Benny Goodman BIS
BIS-CD-893
Concertos
CRAWFORD / HINDEMITH / JANACEK: String Quartets Cedille
CDR90000-092
Chamber Music
CRUMB / HINDEMITH / KODALY / SALLINEN: Works for Solo Cello BIS
BIS-CD-25
Instrumental
FROM BYRD TO BIRDS BIS
BIS-CD-57
Chamber Music
Harp Recital: Ericsson, Sarah Schuster - HOUDY, P. / CASELLA, A. / FLAGELLO, N. / HINDEMITH, P. (20th Century Harp Sonatas) (Ericsson) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92106
Instrumental
Harp Recital: Suss, Margit-Anna - SPOHR, L. / BACH, J.S. / HAYDN, F.J. / HAMEL, P.M. / HINDEMITH, P. (Suss Solo) Campanella Musica
C130175
Instrumental
HENZE: L'autunno / HINDEMITH: Kleine Kammermusik BIS
BIS-CD-752
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH / BARBER / LARSSON / JANACEK: Wind Quintets Naxos
8.553851
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH / SCHNITTKE / GRINGOLTS / YSAYE: Ilya Gringolts - Solo BIS
BIS-CD-1051
Instrumental
HINDEMITH, P.: 4 Temperaments (The) / Nobilissima visione Suite (Royal Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE1006
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Hérodiade [Ballet] (Inscape, Scerbo) Dorian Sono Luminus
SL-D-97202
Ballet
HINDEMITH, P.: Klaviermusik mit Orchester / DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1141-2
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Marienleben (Das) (revised version, 1948) (Isokoski, Viitasalo) Ondine
ODE1148-2
Vocal
HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) / 5 Pieces for String Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572763
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima visione Suite / Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / Symphonic Metamorphosis (Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling) BIS
BIS-SACD-1730
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Organ Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Ludus tonalis: 11 Interludes / 2 Stücke für Orgel (Sturm) Naxos
8.573194
Instrumental
HINDEMITH, P.: Piano Concertos (Complete) (Biret, Yale Symphony, Toshiyuki Shimada) Naxos
8.573201-02
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Quartet for Clarinet and Piano Trio / Clarinet Sonata / 3 Leichte Stucke / Clarinet Quintet (Spectrum Concerts Berlin) Naxos
8.572213
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.572163
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 5, 6, 7 Naxos
8.572164
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphonische Tanze (Symphonic Dances) (Berlin Philharmonic, Hindemith) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81121
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Theme and Variations, "The 4 Temperaments" / Symphonic Metamorphosis (Berlin Philharmonic, Hindemith) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81122
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Violin Concerto / Symphonic Metamorphosis / Konzertmusik (Midori, North German Radio Symphony, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1214-2
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Violin Concerto / Violin Sonatas (F.P. Zimmermann, E. Pace, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, P. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-2024
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Cello Music BIS
BIS-CD-816
Chamber Music, Orchestral
HINDEMITH: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-159
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Clarinet Chamber Music Cedille
CDR90000-072
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Complete Violin Sonatas (The) BIS
BIS-CD-761
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik No. 2 / Concert Music for Viola / Piano Concerto First Edition
FECD-0022
Orchestral, Concertos
HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler / Symphonic Metamorphosis Naxos
8.553078
Orchestral
HINDEMITH: Piano Works, Vol. 1 Marco Polo
8.223335
Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Piano Works, Vol. 2 Marco Polo
8.223336
Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Piano Works, Vol. 3 Marco Polo
8.223337
Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Piano Works, Vol. 4 Marco Polo
8.223338
Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Solo Viola Sonatas BIS
BIS-CD-571
Instrumental
HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis / Nobilissima visione: Suite / SCHUMANN, R.: Symphony No. 1 (Szell, Ormandy, Leinsdorf) (1946-1947) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80241
Orchestral
HINDEMITH: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / Konzertmusik (Ormandy) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80240
Orchestral
HINDEMITH: Viola Sonatas / Meditation BIS
BIS-CD-651
Chamber Music
JACOB, G.: Tuba Suite / HINDEMITH: Tuba Sonata / SIVELOV: 3 Danzas BIS
BIS-CD-1585
Instrumental
JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 (NTSC) EuroArts
2057338
Classical Concert
LINDBERG, Christian: Virtuoso Trombone (The) BIS
BIS-CD-258
Chamber Music
Oboe Recital: Ogrintchouk, Alexei - HINDEMITH, P. / HAAS, P. / BRITTEN, B. / DORÁTI, A. / BEN-HAIM, P. (A 20th-Century Recital) BIS
BIS-2023
Chamber Music
Organ Recital: Noehren, Robert - WIDOR, C.-M. / BRAHMS, J. / BACH, J.S. / ALAIN, J. / HINDEMITH, P. / KARG-ELERT, S. / MESSIAEN, O. Delos
DE3045
Instrumental
Piano Duo Recital: Gold, Arthur / Fizdale, Robert - STRAVINSKY, I. / HINDEMITH, P. / BARBER, S. (Music for 2 Pianos, 1900-1952) (1951-1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81025-26
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Skolovsky, Zadel - SCRIABIN, A. / HINDEMITH, P. / BERG, A. / BARTOK, B. (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80926
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 5 (Albert Schoepper and Dale L. Harpham) Altissimo
75442261982
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection, Vol. 6 (The) (Jack T. Kline and John R. Bourgeois) Altissimo
75442261992
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Emblems Altissimo
75442260892
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
SHOSTAKOVICH / HINDEMITH: Viola Sonatas / REGER: Suite No. 1 for Solo Viola BIS
BIS-CD-81
Instrumental
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 3 / HINDEMITH, P.: The 4 Temperaments (Mustonen, Helsinki Festival Orchestra) Ondine
ODE1022-2
Orchestral
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - STRAVINSKY, I. / HONEGGER, A. / HENZE, H.W. / HINDEMITH, P. / WOLPE, S. / SKALKOTTAS, N. Capriccio
C10439
Chamber Music
TRUMPET, PIANO AND ORGAN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-152
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: American Fanfare Altissimo
75442261872
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Signatures Altissimo
75442260502
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: On Parade Altissimo
75442262672
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: Standard Bearers of Excellence II Altissimo
75442270472
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCES IN EUROPE BAND: Berlin bleibt doch Berlin! Altissimo
75442260262
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Overture! Altissimo
75442262922
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
VIOLA (THE ART OF THE) Naxos
8.557606
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Shirai, Mitsuko - SCHOECK, O. / BERG, A. / HINDEMITH, P. / NUMMI, S. / BRITTEN, B. / WEBERN, A. / RESPIGHI, O. / BERIO, L. Capriccio
C67024
Vocal
WEILL, K.: Lindberghflug (Der) [Opera] Capriccio
C60012-1
Radio Show
Wind Band Music - HINDEMITH, P. / HOLST, G. / GRAINGER, P. / SCHWANTNER, J. (Trendsetters) (Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, H.D. Parker) Naxos
8.572242
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
XENAKIS / PENDERECKI / HINDEMITH / NORGARD / HALFFTER: Music for Saxophone Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-1153
Instrumental

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