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The Genius of Paul Hindemith: Introduction (03:10)

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Leonard Bernstein describes how Paul Hindemith mastered melodies, harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm. Critics of the time period call his work Bolshevik and atonal. Hindemith's music resists Arnold Schoenberg's 12-tone method.

"Three Exercise Pieces" (05:08)

Hindemith's music evolves from Johann Sebastian Bach's two-part invention. Hindemith's "Piano Sonata No. 2" is an ancestor of Joseph Hadyn's music. The conflict of E-flat and E natural is called cross-relation.

"Quartet No. 3, Op. 22" (01:54)

Hindemith incorporates bitonality into the composition. Bernstein explains how his music reflects the bitterness of the period after World War I.

"Kleine Kammermusik": I. (04:58)

Bernstein conducts the woodwind quintet in the first movement of the composition. Hindemith incorporates joy into the piece; he loved German music.

"Mathis de Maler": Introduction (05:46)

Hindemith incorporates cross-relations, bitonality, joy, and tenderness in this piece. The title refers to painter Matthias Grünewald. Bernstein explains Hindemith's struggle with the rise of the Third Reich.

"Mathis de Maler": I. Performance (08:49)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the "Concert of Angels" portion of the Hindemith composition.

"Mathis de Maler": II. (06:10)

This movement suggests grief and sadness. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the "The Entombment" portion of the Hindemith composition.

"Mathis de Maler": III. Introduction (03:11)

Hindemith incorporates atonal music in the beginning and end, reflecting the rise of the Third Reich and hope for the future.

"Mathis de Maler": III. Performance (12:41)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the "The Temptation of St. Anthony" portion of the Hindemith composition.

Credits: The Genius of Paul Hindemith (00:50)

Credits: The Genius of Paul Hindemith

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The Genius of Paul Hindemith

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Bernstein pays tribute to Paul Hindemith, who had died since the previous year's Young People's Concert. He discusses Hindemith's use of dissonance and tonality, and he conducts the orchestra in their performances of some of Hindemith's pieces, including Three Exercise Pieces, No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 2, Quartet No. 3, Opus 22, and Kleine Kammermusik Opus 24, No. 2 among others.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL192741

Copyright date: ©1964

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