Yale University Library


OHAM: Margaret Grady Hart on Hindemith


Margaret Grady Hart

with Caitriona Bolster

Morse College

Yale University

New Haven, CT

April 28,1976



Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-23

Mrs. Hart's acquaintance with the Hindemiths--informal quartet sessions on West Elm Street--Noss' lectures--his performance of the Biber sonatas--as conductor of the Collegium--the importance of phrasing--approach to early music--his class using early instruments from the Winternitz Collection--the Collegium's repertoire--ability with languages--Mrs. Hart's singing lessons with Mrs. Hindemith--informal music making at their home--Mrs. Hindemith's student, Sister Francis Borgia--Dynamic Singing by Louis Bachner--Mrs. Hindemith's voice--her difficulty getting out of Europe--her mother's death--her Catholicism--dinner party for Jacques Maritain--her interest in philosophy--his generosity.

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 23-45

His Bach performance on viola at Bob Bates' funeral--performance of the St. John Passion in New York--his conducting--his attitude towards the performance of his works--setting of the Et Incarnatus--as a creative person--the driftwood village--his Christmas cards--Mrs. Hindemith as a supportive wife--his home life--American citizenship--interest in politics--feelings about living in the USA--job at Yale--The Requiem--reticence to discuss Germany--Mrs. Hindemith's view of Americans as naive--anecdote about telephone call to Germany--his mother--Europe in the late 1940's--love of Switzerland--his funeral--niece, Ebba Kleinburchter Schober.

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 46-66

Their visit with Thomas Merton--rehearsals of piece by Janequin--Mrs. Hindemith's visits to the Benedictine convent in Bethlehem--his theory classes--personality--enjoyment of comedy--their love of children--Mrs. Hindemith's dog Kaspar--musicians and dancing ability--Mr. Grumann's Halloween party--Irish exhibit of the book of Kells--interest in ballads--four voice canon--friendship with Mrs. Hart--The Long Christmas Dinner--pictures taken in New Haven and Vienna--anecdote about the stolen gloves--postcards from Mrs. Hindemith to Mrs. Hart--his personality--Sister Francis Borgia's recital.