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Paul Hindemith <i>The Reluctant Emigre</i>

Michael H. Kater

in Composers of the Nazi Era

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195099249
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870004 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.003.0002
Paul Hindemith The Reluctant Emigre

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This chapter begins by discussing Paul Hindemith's most important personal and musical traits — unpredictability and adaptability. It then discusses his style as a composer. It examines his political awareness as a contemporary of the November Revolution. It discusses Hindemith's denouncement of Hitler, as well as its consequences. It mentions Hindemith's escape from Germany to Switzerland, and his several travels to the United States. It narrates his life as a professor in some of the well-known universities in the United States. It describes Hindemith as the most prominent composer of the younger generation in Germany at the beginning of the Nazi rule, and his work was universally famous and secretly admired by many in the Reich. It explains why Hindemith was reluctant to return to Germany.

Keywords: Paul Hindemith; composer; political awareness; Hitler; Germany; Switzerland; United States; professor

Chapter.  12956 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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