In Search of the “Good” Hindemith Legacy

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942790 | DOI:
In Search of the “Good” Hindemith Legacy

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This chapter presents an essay on the German composer Paul Hindemith, whose various works include “Kammermusiken,” and “Spielmusiken.” It also refers to the postwar revision of his Weimar masterpiece Das Marienleben (The Life of Mary) in 1948 which transformed a sublime expressionistic ecstasy into a calm meditative, pellucid, and impersonal trio sonata for voice and two hands at the piano. His late Bachianism is appropriately and convincingly evoked in his Requiem for Those We Love, which was composed in 1946 on a commission from Robert Shaw and the Collegiate Chorale. His late Bachianism also expressed his embittered rejection of modernity as a tainted ideal.

Keywords: Paul Hindemith; Kammermusiken; Spielmusiken; Das Marienleben; Requiem for Those We Love; Bachianism

Chapter.  2512 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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