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HlNDEMlTH, Paul
b Hanau, 16 November 1895
d Frankfurt, 28 December 1963, aged sixty-eight

He was one of three gifted children who appeared in public very young as a trio. At the age of thirteen he entered the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt-am-Main. He was conscripted into the Army in 1917 and served for eighteen months. He then became principal violinist in the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra until 1923, and continued his career as performer and teacher. In 1927 he moved to Berlin to become professor of composition at the Hochschule, but after 1933 he fell foul of Nazi propaganda. He left Germany in 1935, not returning until after the war. He went to Turkey for a year, then to the USA, where in 1940 he joined the musical staff of Yale and in 1946 became an American citizen. He toured Europe, was appointed to the music faculty at Zurich University in 1948 and settled in Switzerland in 1953. His health declined rapidly in the

1960s, and he died of a stroke.

1916 (21)

Cello Concerto No 1 (unpublished)

1917 (22)

Three Pieces for cello and piano

1918 (23)

Violin Sonata No 1 in Eb major

Violin Sonata No 2 in D major

String Quartet No 1 in F minor

1919 (24)

Viola Sonata in F major

Sonata for solo viola

Cello Sonata

1921-2 (26)

Chamber Music No 1

1922 (27)

String Quartet No 2 in C major

String Quartet No 3

Suite for klavier

Sonata for solo viola

Die Junge Magd, six songs

1923 (28)

String Quartet No 4

Kleine Sonata fur Viola d'amore und Klavier

Sonata for solo cello

1924 (29)

Piano Concerto

Chamber Music No 2

Sonata for solo violin

Das Marienleben, song cycle

1925 (30)

Concerto for orchestra

Chamber Music No 3 and 4

1926 (31)

Cardillac, opera

1927 (32)

Chamber Music No 5

1928 (33)

Concerto for organ and chamber orchestra

Chamber Music No 6

1930 (35)

Concert Music, for piano, harps and brass

1931 (36)

The Unceasing, oratorio

1932 (37)

Philharmonic Concerto

1934 (39)

Mathis der Maler, opera, also symphony

1935 (40)

Viola Concerto, Der Schwanendreher

Concerto for orchestra

1937 (42)

Symphonic Dances, for orchestra

Organ Sonatas No 1 and 2

1938 (43)

Nobilissima visione, ballet

1939 (44)

Violin Concerto

1940 (45)

Symphony in Eb major

Cello Concerto No 2

Theme and Variations for piano and strings, The four Temperaments

Harp Sonata

1943 (48)

Symphonic Metamorphoses on a theme by Weber, for orchestra

Cupid and Psyche, overture

Ludus Tonalis, for piano

1944 (49)

Herodiade, for speaker and chamber orchestra

1945 (50)

Piano Concerto

1946 (51)

When Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloomed an American Requiem (for Walt Whitman)

1947 (52)

Symphonia Serena (possibly 1946)

Clarinet Concerto

1948 (53)

Concerto for trumpet, bassoon and strings

Septet for wind instruments

1949 (54)

Horn Concerto

Concerto for woodwind, harp and orchestra

Organ Sonata No 3

1950 (55)

Sinfonietta

Requiem for Those We Love (possibly 1946)

1951 (56)

Der Harmonie der Welt, symphony

1952 (57)

Symphony In Bb for military band

Sonata for four horns

1958 (63)

Octet

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