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Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
The Hindemith Case
Wednesday 11 June 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Wednesday 11 June 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)
Donald Macleod examines Hindemith's stance on the political changes in Germany in the 1930s. Very reluctant to leave his beloved Germany, he tried throughout this period to work out a way of living under the regime. In November 1934, the conductor Furtwangler wrote a newspaper article called The Hindemith Case in defence of the composer. It was a total failure, with Furtwangler having to resign all his positions, and Hindemith's compositions attacked as 'the foulest perversion of modern music'.
Opener: Morgenmusik for brass Extract - mvt I