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PAUL HINDEMITH  

(1895 - 1963)

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.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century Classics Naxos 8.505035

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Flourishes Altissimo
75442261752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BARSHAI, Rudolf: Tribute (A) (20-CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5136
Instrumental, Concertos
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
BERG / HINDEMITH / STRAVINSKY: Violin Concertos Vox Legends
VOX-7818
Concertos
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
Chamber Music - KLUGHARDT, A. / LOEFFLER, C. M. / WHITE, F. / HINDEMITH, P. (Alex Klein, Richard Young, Ricardo Castro) (Poetic Inspirations) Cedille
CDR90000-102
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
CRAWFORD / HINDEMITH / JANACEK: String Quartets Cedille
CDR90000-092
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, J. / HAMEL, P.M. / HINDEMITH, P. (Suss Solo) Campanella Musica
C130175
Instrumental
HINDEMITH / BARBER / LARSSON / JANACEK: Wind Quintets Naxos
8.553851
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P. / RAUTAVAARA, E.: Cello Concertos / PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony-Concerto (Starker, Lukacsy, Bour, Blomstedt) SWR Classic
CD94.227
Concertos
HINDEMITH, P. / VAN DER ROOST, J.: Clarinet Concertos / STRAUSS, R.: Romanze (Vanoosthuyse, Central Aichi Symphony, Rosales) Naxos
8.579010
Concertos
HINDEMITH, P.: 4 Temperaments (The) / Nobilissima visione Suite (Royal Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE1006
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Cello Concerto / Symphonische Tänze (Mainardi, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jochum) Orfeo
C272921B
Concertos, 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.: Lieder (Fischer-Dieskau, Reimann) Orfeo
C156861A
Vocal
HINDEMITH, P.: Marienleben (Das) (revised version, 1948) (Harnisch, J.P. Schulze) Naxos
8.573423
Vocal
HINDEMITH, P.: Marienleben (Das) (revised version, 1948) (Isokoski, Viitasalo) Ondine
ODE1148-2
Vocal
HINDEMITH, P.: Mass / Apparebit repentina dies / Lieder nach alten Texten / 6 Chansons (Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Creed) SWR Classic
CD93.295
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
HINDEMITH, P.: Mathis der Maler [Opera] (Struckmann, MacAllister, Anthony, Kalna, Lindskog, Hamburg State Opera Chorus and Philharmonic, Simone Young) Oehms Classics
OC908
Opera
HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) / 5 Pieces for String Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572763
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
Orchestral, 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 (Complete) (Amar Quartet) Naxos
8.503290
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.: String Quartets, Vol. 3 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 1 and 4 Naxos
8.572165
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphonische Tanze (Symphonic Dances) (Berlin Philharmonic, Hindemith) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81121
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphony in B-Flat Major / The 4 Temperaments / BERG, A.: Chamber Concerto (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Hindemith) Orfeo
C197891B
Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 7 (Vienna Symphony, Karajan) Orfeo
C232901A
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / Symphony in E-Flat Major (North German Radio Symphony, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1275-2
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Theme and Variations, "The 4 Temperaments" / Symphonic Metamorphosis (Berlin Philharmonic, Hindemith) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81122
Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Viola d'amore Works / BIBER, H.I.F.: Partia No. 7 for 2 Viola d'amore / STAMITZ, C.: Viola d'amore Sonata (G. Teuffel) SWR Classic
CD93.309
Chamber Music, Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Violin Concerto / Symphonic Metamorphosis / Konzertmusik (Midori, North German Radio Symphony, Eschenbach) Ondine
ODE1214-2
Concertos, Orchestral
HINDEMITH, P.: Vocal Music (Banse, Bauni) Orfeo
C413961A
Vocal
HINDEMITH, P.: When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd (Requiem) (Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Symphony, Sawallisch) Orfeo
C112851A
Choral - Sacred
HINDEMITH: Chamber Works Dynamic
CDS251
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Clarinet Chamber Music Cedille
CDR90000-072
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik No. 2 / Concert Music for Viola / Piano Concerto First Edition
FECD-0022
Concertos, 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: 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
IDIL BIRET 20TH CENTURY PIANO EDITION Idil Biret Archive
8.501504
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Much Ado about Nothing Suite / HINDEMITH, P.: Hin und zurück / Das Nusch-Nuschi / Der Dämon (Berlin Theatre Music) (A. Gruber, Landau) Allegretto
ACD-8191
Opera, Orchestral, Ballet
MARTINU, B.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / HINDEMITH, P.: Cello Concerto / HONEGGER, A.: Cello Concerto (J. Moser, Poppen) SWR Classic
CD93.276
Concertos
Oboe Recital: Smith, James Austin - HINDEMITH, P. / VASKS, P. / CARTER, E. / BACH, J.S. (Distance) TwoPianists
TP1039183
Chamber Music
Orchestral Music - EINEM, G. von / HINDEMITH, P. / ROUSSEL, A. / RAVEL, M. (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Ormandy) Orfeo
C199891A
Orchestral
Organ Recital: Bostrom, Erik - BACH, J.S. / ALAIN, J. / MESSIAEN, O. / REGER, M. / HINDEMITH, P. Proprius
PRCD9002
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Boström, Erik - BACH, J.S. / ALAIN, J. / REGER, M. / HINDEMITH, P. (Orgel i oscars) Proprius
PROP9997
Instrumental
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
POULENC / HINDEMITH / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: 3 Masses Proprius
PRCD9126
Choral - Sacred
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
RICCI, Ruggiero: Art of Ruggiero Ricci (The) Vox Box
CD5X-3611
Instrumental, Chamber Music
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 3 / HINDEMITH, P.: The 4 Temperaments (Mustonen, Helsinki Festival Orchestra) Ondine
ODE1022-2
Orchestral
SURINACH, C.: String Quartet / HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartet No. 6 / BLOCH, E.: String Quartet No. 3 (New World Quartet) Vox Box
CDX-5071
Chamber Music
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - STRAVINSKY, I. / HONEGGER, A. / HENZE, H.W. / HINDEMITH, P. / WOLPE, S. / SKALKOTTAS, N. Capriccio
C10439
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
Violin Recital: Gitlis, Ivry - PAGANINI, N. / HINDEMITH, P. / BARTÓK, B. / BRAHMS, J. / DEBUSSY, C. (Original SWR Tapes 1962-1986 Remastered) SWR Classic
SWR19005CD
Concertos
Vocal Recital: Duchoňová, Lucia - CHAUSSON, E. / BRAHMS, J. / HINDEMITH, P. / BUSCH, A. / SCHILLINGS, M. von (Melancholy) Capriccio
C5144
Vocal
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
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HINDEMITH: Chamber Works Dynamic
CDS251
Chamber Music
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