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Author Desbruslais, Simon, author

Title The music and music theory of Paul Hindemith / Simon Desbruslais
Published Woodbridge (Suffolk, England) : The Boydell Press, 2018
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Contents Frontcover; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 An Unterweisung Critical Commentary; 2 Hindemith's Fourths; 3 Stylistic Borrowing and Pre-Unterweisung Music; 4 The Ludus Tonalis as Quintessential Hindemith; 5 Theory-based Revisions; 6 Practical Music and Practical Textbooks; 7 The Hindemith Legacy; Postlude; Bibliography; Index
Summary The music theory of composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), originally entitled Unterweisung im Tonsatz, is well known, yet poorly understood. This book provides a critical engagement with Hindemith's Unterweisung, particularly concerning its relationship to existing acoustic music theories. By examining different Unterweisung-versions, it charts the evolution of Hindemith's useof language and mode of communication, including his reference to polytonality, atonality, Fuxian species counterpoint, and avoidance of existing music for his examples. It also elaborates the sourcematerial on which the theory is based, using a reconstruction of Hindemith's personal library. Central to the book is the relationship of Hindemith's Unterweisung to his compositional practice. Hindemith's fascination with the challenges of music theory falls into a middle period in his oeuvre, enabling profitable comparisons with his compositional practice both before and after his theory-making. The book also comprises a detailed discussion of Hindemith's theoretical and compositional legacy. Beginning with an overview of existing polemics, it draws together unpublished materials from the Yale Hindemith Institute with reminiscences from former students to construct an Unterweisung reception history. The book shows that, while many areas of Hindemith's theory have beenovertaken by recent interests in music theory that relate to cognition and geometry, his influence has been deeply felt. Simon Desbruslais is Lecturer in Music and Director of Performance at the University of Hull and an internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Composers -- Germany.
Music theory -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787441830 (electronic bk.)
9781787441835 (electronic bk.)