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Paul Hindemith in the United States
Noss, Luther.
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Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xii, 219 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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ML410.H685 N7 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Shows the witty and vividly humorous side of Hindemith's personality.

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A gem of a book about the great 20th-century composer. Written in an engaging and lively style by a colleague and personal friend, it will be of wide appeal to a varied audience. The book is divided into three sections: Hindemith's American concert tours, his life in New Haven, and the return to Europe. Noss tells of his personal recollections of Hindemith and gives readers insight into Hindemith's impressions of America and Hollywood contained in personal letters from the composer to his wife, Gertrude, and to the author. This correspondence reveals the composer's sense of humor and relates his experiences with conductors Koussevitsky and Stokowski and ballet directors Balanchine and Massine. There is also a disdainful portrait of the artist Salvador Dali. Noss traces Hindemith's changing attitudes toward American musical life. The Europeans thought of him as a composer and concert performer (which is how he thought of himself) but the Americans considered him to be primarily an educator. This difference led Hindemith to a feeling of bitterness about the way Americans treat their composers, although his attitude mellowed later in life. Both general and academic readers at any level. -W. Ross, University of Virginia