Paul Hindemith

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Paul Hindemith


Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895, Hanau, Germany - 28 December 1963, Franfurt am Main) was a German composer and educator.

Hindemith studied conducting, composing, and violin with Arnold Mendelssohn and Bernhard Sekles at the Hoch Conservatory, supporting himself by playing in dance bands and musical-comedy troupes. From 1915 until 1923 he was the concertmaster of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, and in 1929 he founded the Amar Quartet, playing viola.

He was instrumental in organising the Donaueschingen Festival, a new music festival that takes place every October in the small German town. The Donaueschingen Festival is the oldest festival for new music in the world. In the fifth year of the festival, Hindemith commissioned composers to write new works for winds, resulting in several ground-breaking compositions (amongst them Hindemith's own Konzertmusik fur Blasorchester, Opus 41, Křenek's Drei Lustige Märsche, and Toch's Spiel für Blasorchester.

Hindemith emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1940 and held teaching positions at Harvard and Yale Universities, becoming an American citizen in 1946. After World War II Hindemith relocated to Europe, taking a position at the University of Zurich.

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