Yale University Library


OHAM: Harold Shapero on Hindemith


Harold Shapero

with Caitriona Bolster

9 Russell Circle

Natick, Massachusetts

April 24, 1976




Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-28


Background and early musical training--student of Piston at Harvard--student of Krenek--student of Hindemith at Tanglewood--Piston and Hindemith--Hindemith's evaluation of student works--other Tanglewood students--Hindemith's teaching methods--anecdote about melodic inspiration.

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 28-58

Hindemith's theories--ethical power, responsibility for notes--Hindemith's guilt over his early music--Marienleben revision--ethical power, technical coherence--Hindemith s attitudes towards expressionists--Hindemith on Stravinsky, Bruckner religion, Naziism, Gebrauchsmusik--Hindemith as teacher, cont'd.--inspiration--Stravinsky on Hindemith--Piston, cont'd.--Hindemith's personality--attitudes towards jazz, American composers--Hindemith as conductor--orchestration--Hindemith and Koussevitsky--misconceptions about other composers--last meeting, at Harvard lectures--student of Boulanger.

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 58-73

Current attitudes towards Hindemith--four-hand sonata--Hindemith as teacher, cont'd.--Hindemith's theories, cont'd.--Hindemith's facility--current attitudes, cont'd.--morality--Hindemith in academia--Hindemith's intellect--Bach book--opinions on various works.