"There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience."
Quirky, but with a classic flare - meet Paul Hindemith, a German 20th Century composer who liked to push the envelope, if only just enough to raise a few eyebrows. He's also a big talker, once claiming he could play the parts for every sonata he's written. Find out more below!
Name: Paul Hindemith
Age (lived from): November 1895 - December 1963 (aged 68)
Likes: Interesting instruments
Dislikes: Diatonic ScalesA Personal StyleHindemith's music is quite unusual - while still tonal in nature (contrasting with the works of John Cage and others of the time), his focus was not to be diatonic - that is, to focus solely on the scale indicated (Bb, Eb, C Major). Notes go flying in all sorts of directions - but it all still made sense to whoever was listening, though Hindemith warns "bring some Asprin along" to one of his original piece hearings! Have a listen to the Sonata for English horn for a taste Hindemith's style.A Commitment to Performance Hindemith worked hard to make sure his sonatas were realistic to perform - so much so that he decided to learn every instrument he wrote for. That includes (but is not limited to): violin, viola, cello, viola d'Amore, flute, bassoon, oboe, clarinet, harp, French horn, trumpet, English horn, trombone, bass, and tuba. It is exhausting just to list! Here is one of the many photos that show Hindemith learning his instruments.