Hindemith's Harmonie

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Karl Henning

This piece was my introduction to Hindemith, and that experience was a great part of my desire to compose, myself.

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot


I like all his stuff, but his chamber music ranks at the top!
(Bruckner's) is the career of a poor village boy ... The one and only really surprising thing about him was that after completing his career as an organist he suddenly began to compose music with a range of vision which in such a man would appear quite incongruous.

Toni Bernet

"Kammermusik Nr. 4 op. 36 Nr. 3 (Violin Concerto) for solo violin and larger chamber orchestra" from 1925

is one of the most original violin concertos of the period after the human disaster of the First World War, and thus one of the most radical concertos of musical expressionism, Dadaism and surrealism, has fallen into oblivion today is probably also due to the peculiar reception history of the composer Paul Hindemith, who, probably unjustly, after a provocative beginning became more and more of a minor figure in musical life because of his late work.

More about this violin concerto and a listening companion can be found at