HINDEMITH CRAFT OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION PDF

Paul Hindemith was a German composer and conductor of great originality. His career began with the study of the violin and the viola, and he held important positions in German ensembles before the Nazi era. Under Hitler's regime, Hindemith experienced difficulties, both artistically and politically. For example, he refused to cease ensemble playing with known Jews.

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Within his field of responsibility were composition and music theory, which he taught as two subjects independent of each other. His pupils were with him up to 16 hours per week, participating in instruction that almost had the character of a school. He often extended these classes into the evenings in order to continue working with those who wanted to be in his composition class and therefore had to submit their own works to him.

In this class Hindemith gave students a closer understanding of the ideas developed in the Unterweisung im Tonsatz The Craft of Musical Composition , teaching them two and three-part writing.

Students got to know him as a sometimes merciless teacher. I was often very frustrated in the beginning. During the course of the school year, however, without discussing it with us, he gave us more and more freedom in order to be able to go in our own directions.

Hindemith wanted to train his composition pupils to complete the compositional process in three set phases: firstly, the question as to what purpose the composition is supposed to fulfil, who is to play it and which instruments are necessary for this. In the next phase, the formal planning, outlining the design, and the first considerations concerning the guise of the musical material.

The writing of the themes follows as the final phase of working out the composition. Several textbooks resulted from Hindemith's with his pupils: already in , the course in traditional harmony stimulated him to write the book A Concentrated Course in Traditional Harmony. Teaching Composition. Hindemith teaching at Yale University. Hindemith with pupils at Yale University.

Hindemith with pupils.

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The Craft of Musical Composition

Within his field of responsibility were composition and music theory, which he taught as two subjects independent of each other. His pupils were with him up to 16 hours per week, participating in instruction that almost had the character of a school. He often extended these classes into the evenings in order to continue working with those who wanted to be in his composition class and therefore had to submit their own works to him. In this class Hindemith gave students a closer understanding of the ideas developed in the Unterweisung im Tonsatz The Craft of Musical Composition , teaching them two and three-part writing. Students got to know him as a sometimes merciless teacher.

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In the s, he became a major advocate of the Neue Sachlichkeit new objectivity style of music. Hindemith's most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall, is likely the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber , written in Born in Hanau , near Frankfurt am Main , Hindemith was taught the violin as a child. At first he supported himself by playing in dance bands and musical-comedy groups.

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