Yale University Library


OHAM: Donald Currier on Hindemith


HINDEMITH PROJECT                          30/9


Donald Currier

with Caitriona Bolster

Stoekel Hall

Yale University

New Haven, CT

June 22, 1973





CASSETTE A                                                                                                 pp. 1-18


"Hindemith majors"--history of theory class at Yale--Collegium Musicum--anecdote about studying Schubert in class--respect for Schubert--interest in Bruckner and Reger--view of Schoenberg--respect for Stravinsky--teaching methods--impatience with mediocrity--tremendous mind--brilliant students--disdain for performers-- the well-rounded musician--performance of viola concerto with the Boston Symphony--facility with instruments--writing sonatas to learn about different instruments--as a demanding teacher--Currier as a student at Yale School of Music in 1946-47--Currier's participation in the Collegium--meticulous work with the Collegium-revival of Monteverdi's Orpheo--conducting Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms--conducting new motets--as a conductor--Mrs. Hindemith as a "front to the world"--Currier's familiarity with Hindemith's music--Ludus Tonalis--Bruce Simonds' recording of Ludus Tonalis--metronome markings--romantic quality in Hindemith's music--Gebrauchsmusik--writing for a particular performer--respect for Hindemith at Yale School of Music--Schrade--lectures at Havard--personality--dislike for Schoenberg--as a devoted teacher, a productive musician--Currier's feelings about his experiences with Hindemith--preview of Collegium program at St. Thomas More.