Event title:

Tea-Time Talk - 'The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith'

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
18:30 - 20:30
Wilberforce LT2
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Title: 'The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith

Speaker: Dr Simon Desbruslais, Lecturer in Music and Performance Coordinator


Following his appointment at the Berlin Musikhochschule in 1927, composer, conductor and performer Paul Hindemith began writing a textbook on music theory both as a tool for teaching composition and to help refine his own musical style. This was realised in print ten years later as the Unterweisung im Tonsatz, which was the first volume in a series of four planned treatises. This talk looks at the legacy of Hindemith’s Unterweisung, and questions whether he had set himself too big a task to succeed at a time when many areas of music theory and analysis were in their infancy. It then examines the historical coincidence of his move away from a position of great influence to the Yale music faculty at precisely the time when other theories of music, which are more familiar to musicology today, came to the fore. 

This talk critically engages with the legacy of Hindemith's pioneering music and music theory, which coincides with the publication of my monograph, 'The Music and Music Theory of Paul Hindemith' by Boydell & Brewer, due in February 2018.

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Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session. 

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