Yale University Library


OHAM: Mrs. Jean Mainous on Hindemith


Mrs. Jean Mainous

with Caitriona Bolster

Ranch Estates

Rte 1, Denton, Texas

January 11, 1976


Cassette Side a:                                                                                            pp. 1-17

The Collegium--as a conductor--rehearsals in Woolsey Hall--the part writing course using The Craft--picking on "dumb pianists"--attitude towards an exam required by the administration--discussions about the overtone series--the Frankenstein Quartet with Mainous, Blanche Raisen, and the Hindemiths--Christmas cards--his drawings for the quartet--his Easter eggs--suggestions to Mainous on Concert Music for Piano, Brasses, and Two Harps--his lack of interest in how his music was performed--lack of interest in attending concerts--Boston Symphony premiere of Metamorphoses--Mainous' impressions of his music--illustrated copy of Ludus Tonalis--the Frankenstein's repertory--his sixth string quartet--Mrs. Hindemith as a cellist--description of the Frankenstein's chamber music sessions--Hindemith as violist.

Cassette Side b:                                                                                           pp. 18-34

Afternoon party at Hindemith house--round written for Sha Kwang Tom--his child-like side--his painting--Mrs. Hindemith' s Catholicism--performance of Concert Music by New Friends of Music--his opinion of the first complete recording of Ludus Tonalis--5Oth anniversary celebration at Juilliard--Bruce Simonds' performance of Ludus--his additional suggestions for Ludus--tower in Frankfurt--anecdote about broken down metronome--his personality--as an energetic violist--anecdote about Mrs. Hindemith's laughing fit at a concert--his dream about a little dog--visit with Mainous in 1950--as a conductor--his command of English--the Hindemiths' marriage.

Cassette Side c:                                                                                            pp. 34-40

As a string player--as a teacher--students' respect for him--Mainous' performances of excerpts from Ludus--his piano writing--his string writing.