Paul Hindemith, 1895 – 1963

November 16, 1895 – Birthdate of Paul Hindemith, German violinist, composer, and conductor.

Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben (1923) and opera Mathis der Maler (1938). Hindemith’s most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall, is probably the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written in 1943.

Hindemith is among the most significant German composers of his time. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and he later produced expressionist works, rather in the style of early Arnold Schoenberg, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. This style has been described as neoclassical but is very different from the works by Igor Stravinsky labeled with that term, owing more to the contrapuntal language of Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger than the Classical clarity of Mozart.

A yearly festival of Hindemith’s music is held at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

Germany issued this stamp on November 9, 1995 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hindemith’s birthday.

Hindemith

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