Yale University Library


OHAM: David Kraehenbuehl on Hindemith


David Kraehenbuehl

with Caitriona Bolster

J.S. Poluck Company

Princeton Junction, New Jersey

April 9, 1976



Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-31

Pre-Yale years and early acquaintance with Hindemith's music--entrance exam--routine as a Hindemith student--opinions regarding American composers--Hindemith on Verdi--classroom anecdotes--Hindemith on Bruckner, Mahler, Wagner--Hindemith's early style as outgrowth of Reger--Hindemith as theorist--Hindemith as composition teacher--Hindemith as theory teacher--Hindemith as composition teacher (contd.).

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 31-58


Gebrauchsmusik--Hindemith's means of measuring quality--Hindemith's theories: strengths and limitations--mistaken notions of other theorists--Hindemith's theories (contd.)--anecdote about The Rake's Progress--Hindemith as theorist (contd.)--Hindemith's work in Turkey--Hindemith's early years in Germany--Hindemith on Prokofiev, Shostakovich--problems with U.S. government--Hindemith and academia--colleagues on Yale faculty--Collegium Musicum--Leo Schrade--Collegium Musicum (contd.).

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 58-78


Study at Schola Cantorum, Basel--final visit with Hindemith--Bach book as autobiography--Hindemith's revisions of early works--Hindemith's interest in other disciplines--Hindemith's prosody--limitations of composing for voice, organ.

Cassette Side d:                                                                                           pp. 78-97


Responsibilities of the performer--Hindemith's orchestration--problems with performers--Hindemith students as composers--Hindemith's command of English language--classroom projects--classroom anecdotes (contd.).

Cassette Side e:                                                                                            pp. 97-117


Classroom anecdotes (contd.)--Hindemith's methods of sketching new works--voice-leading--rhythm--form--responsibility of the composition teacher--music as communication--theories of various musical elements.

Cassette Side f:                                                                                            pp. 117-140


Dance music--Hindemith's appraisal of Kraehenbuehl's works--Hindemith works from this period--Basel, (contd.)--Hindemith's Mass--popularity of various works--Hindemith's textbooks--opinions of other 20th century composers--reflections on musical history.

Cassette Side g:                                                                                            pp. 140-146


Hindemith as cartoonist--various other anecdotes.