Yale University Library


OHAM: Beekman Cannon on Hindemith


Beekman Cannon

with Caitriona Bolster

775 Jonathan Edwards College

Yale University

New Haven, Conn. 06520

April 22, 1976



Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-13

Knowledge of Hindemith--meeting Hindemith--difficulty with English--inadequacy of undergraduate orchestra--first appearance at Yale--Steve Buck--Klaus Liepman--invitation to Yale--next encounter in 1946--faculty colleague--Leo Schrade--Hindemith and Schrade--Collegium Musicum--conflict between Hindemith and Schrade--Hindemith theory--opinion of Schoenberg and Berg--fellow of Jonathan Edwards college--"The Aspiring Frog"--Gertrud Hindemith.

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 1-27

Gertrud Hindemith as buffer for her husband--the war--his troubles--New Haven Symphony--Richard Donovan--Frank Brieff--Hindemith as guest conductor of NHS--works commissioned by NHS--Hindemith as orchestral conductor--dress rehearsal walk­out--premiere of Harmonie der Welt--critique of Harmonie der Welt--political sit­uation in Germany.

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 27-35

Cannons as guests of Hindemiths at premiere of Harmonie der Welt--Cannon’s views on nature of opera--Hindemith’s feelings towards U.S. after return to Europe--Gertrud’s feelings--conducting vs. composing--interest in literature--last visit with Hindemiths--impact of Hindemith on music in U.S.--Hindemith’s reputation now.