November 22, 2022
Tabea Zimmermann is appointed as the President of the Foundation Council of the Fondation Hindemith, Blonay (CH)
On January 1 2023, the viola player Tabea Zimmermann will become President of the Foundation Council of the Fondation Hindemith. She is the successor of Professor Dr. Andreas Eckhardt who joined the foundation in 1988 and has been its President since 1999. Tabea Zimmermann has been a member of the Foundation Council since January 2013. Her reaction to her new position:
«It is a great pleasure for me to take over the presidency of the Fondation Hindemith. The Foundation will continue to focus on presenting the imaginative and highly diverse works of the composer Paul Hindemith to as many audiences and musicians as possible. It is very central to my concerns to continue raising awareness of the humorous originality of the musical individual Paul Hindemith.
Hindemith’s great pleasure in his approach to both historical and contemporary fields can continue to be a motivation for us today to develop social utopias with and through music.
In my capacity as a musician, I will undertake even greater efforts at festivals and in my contact with ensembles and teachers to encourage new insights into the music of Paul Hindemith and the performance of seldom played work groups such as his seven string quartets. Together with the Hindemith Institute Frankfurt, we will intensify research into Hindemith, and the Swiss Hindemith musical centre in Blonay could become the location for new combinations of amateur and professional musicians working together – very much in the spirit of Paul Hindemith who was convinced that the best way to become familiar with and learn to love music was to play it oneself.»
November 16, 2022
Chamber music in the smallest concert hall in the world
We are celebrating a special anniversary in 2023: 100 years ago, Paul Hindemith moved into the Kuhhirtenturm in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt) with his family. Many technical features such as the division of the rooms and the construction of the staircase were based on the composer’s own ideas and remain unchanged today.
Our highly varied anniversary programme in our concert series Chamber Music in the Kuhhirtenturm presents internationally renowned artists alongside upcoming musical talents. As is customary, the works by Paul Hindemith remain a central theme of these performances which you can experience in Hindemith’s former “music room” on the top floor of the Kuhhirtenturm.
The concert series commences on 22 January with the well-known violinist Tanja Becker-Bender performing solo sonatas by Hindemith, Max Reger and Ernst Křenek.
The programme presented by the baritone Matthias Horn and the pianist Christoph Ullrich on 26 February combines lieder and piano works by Hindemith with seldom performed compositions by Wolfgang Jacobi, Friedrich K. Wanek, Jens Joseph and others.
In 2023, we will continue our cooperation with the Paul Hindemith Orchestra Academy of the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester commemorating Hindemith’s years as the concertmaster of this ensemble. On 26 March, the academy participants Madeleine Gilet (clarinet) und Josephine Bastian (violoncello) will make guest appearances performing works by Beethoven, Jeffrey Harrington, Hindemith und Nino Rota, accompanied by Maria Ollikainen (piano).
The Atlantic String Duo featuring Rachelle Hunt (violin) and Stefanie Pfaffenzeller (violin and viola) will perform works by Paul Hindemith, Louis Spohr und Georg Philipp Telemann on 7 May.
On 4 June, the Israeli pianist Ofra Yitzhaki will combine pieces from piano works by Hindemith with compositions by Josef Tal. Tal received his musical training in Berlin at the same music conservatoire where Hindemith taught between 1927 and 1937.
Ingo de Haas, currently concertmaster of the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester and therefore a successor of Paul Hindemith in this position, will perform violin sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and Hindemith with his piano accompanist Maria Ollikainen on 10 September.
On 15 October, the oboist Vicente Moronta and pianist Isabelle Klein make a guest appearance in the Hindemith Kabinett performing works by Luciano Berio, Hindemith Juan Francisco Sans and Nina Šenk.
The special concert marking Hindemith’s birthday on Thursday 16 November will be given by the renowned viola player Tabea Zimmermann with a programme featuring solo works by Hindemith.
Address: Kuhhirtenturm, Große Rittergasse 118, 60594 Frankfurt am Main
All concerts are performed twice:
Sunday concerts: 5 pm and 7.30 pm
Special concert on 16 November: 11 am and 12.30 pm
ADMISSION FREE – Advance booking required
Reservations: already possible
Tel. 069 597 03 62 (Mo-Fr 9 am – 1 pm)
October 12, 2022
Award for Edition of the Hindemith - Schott Correspondence
With the German Music Edition Award, the German Music Publishers Association (DMV) honours the editorial achievements of German music publishers. A total of ten outstanding publications were honored, as well as a special jury prize.
The special prize of the jury was awarded to our publication
Hindemith – Schott. Der Briefwechsel 1919 - 1967, hrsg. von Susanne Schaal-Gotthardt, Luitgard Schader und Heinz-Jürgen Winkler. Schott Music, Mainz 2020
Press release of the DMV (pdf)
October 10, 2022
Hindemith Days 2022
The Hindemith Institute Frankfurt holds the annual festival Hindemith Days in honour of the composer in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK) [Frankfurt University of Music and the Performing Arts]. Numerous works by Hindemith will be performed in Hanau, Frankfurt am Main and Mainz between 15 and 26 November 2022. This year, our cooperation partners include the music publisher Schott Music Mainz, the town of Hanau and "Musik in St. Katharinen", Frankfurt.
The Head of Cultural Affairs in Frankfurt am Main, Dr Ina Hartwig, has undertaken the patronage for the Hindemith Days 2022.
The Hindemith Days 2022 are dedicated to the memory of Professor Hans-Dieter Resch (1932-2022). Hans-Dieter Resch was president of the HfMDK from 1975 to 1995, subsequently being appointed as an honorary senator of the institution in 2003. Among his many achievements were the appointment of many outstanding artists at the Hochschule and the planning and construction of the modern college building in the Eschersheimer Landstraße. He additionally actively encouraged the dissemination of the works of Paul Hindemith in his capacity as a board member of the Fondation Hindemith, Blonay (CH) since 1983. He was also substantially involved in the installation of the Hindemith Kabinett in the Kuhhirtenturm undertaken in cooperation with the city of Frankfurt. The HfMDK and the Fondation Hindemith will always honour his memory.
Hindemith Days 2022 - Welcoming address of the Head of Cultural Affairs in Frankfurt am Main, Dr Ina Hartwig
21. September 2022
Tabea Zimmermann mit Hindemiths Oktett beim Kronberg Festival
Am Montag, dem 26. September 2022, 19.45 Uhr, wird Hindemiths letztes Kammermusikwerk, das Oktett für Bläser und Streicher (1957/58), im Großen Saal des neu errichteten Casals Forum in Kronberg / Ts. zu hören sein. Mit von der Partie: die Ausnahmebratschistin Tabea Zimmermann, seit 2013 Mitglied im Stiftungsrat der Fondation Hindemith.
Außerdem auf dem Programm: das Oktett F-Dur op. 166 D 803 von Franz Schubert.
August 19, 2022
Special Prize of the Hindemith Foundation
The Deutsche Musikwettbewerb des Deutschen Musikrats [German music competition held by the German Music Council] took place in Bonn from 4 to 10 August 2022. For the very first time, the Fondation Hindemith offered a special prize in the amount of 3.000 euro for the most convincing interpretation of a work by Paul Hindemith. The prize was awarded this year to the violinist Anne Luisa Kramb who also the recipient of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb Prize.
August 10, 2022
Paul Hindemith. Complete Edition - Series II: Orchestral Works
Vol. II,8: Works for Wind Orchestra
Konzertmusik für Blasorchester op. 41 (1926)
Symphony in B flat for Concert Band (1951)
Edited by Luitgard Schader on behalf of the Fondation Hindemith, Blonay
May 2, 2022
New publication: Die Harmonie der Welt - Part C
The present volume I,10 Part C of the Hindemith Complete Edition completes the publication of Hindemith’s opera in five acts Die Harmonie der Welt. It contains the scores of Acts IV and V in addition to the Critical Commentary.
Volume I,10 Part A contains the score of Act I accompanied by an Introduction, a reproduction of the final valid version of the libretto, letters written by Hindemith on the production of his opera revealing his artistic intentions, indications of possible cuts and abridgements and his interviews concerning the opera.
Volume I,10 Part B presents the scores of Acts II and III accompanied by libretto sketches and the early version of the libretto.
This is the first time that this masterful stage work composed in the 1950s has ever been published in printed form.
Paul Hindemith: Complete Edition - Series I: Stage Works
Die Harmonie der Welt. Opera in five acts (1956/57)
Edited by Giselher Schubert on behalf of the Fondation Hindemith, Blonay
Vol I,10-A: Mainz: Schott, 2021
Vol I,10-B: Mainz, Schott, 2021
26. April 2022
Am 22. Mai 2022: "Ein Tag für die Musik"
präsentiert von hr2-kultur
Alle zwei Jahre findet "Ein Tag für die Musik“ statt. hr2-kultur möchte die musikalischen Aktivitäten in Hessen fördern und damit die große Vielfalt der musikalischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart Hessens präsentieren. Diese Aktion wird von hr2-kultur koordiniert und medial begleitet.
Auch das Hindemith Institut beteiligt sich an diesem Tag: Wir laden Sie herzlich ein, einen Blick in unser Archiv zu werfen!
Anmeldung erforderlich unter institut(at)hindemith.org
February 14, 2022
New Publication: Hindemith-Jahrbuch / Annales Hindemith 2021/L
The 50th volume of the Annales Hindemith begins with a contribution by Maureen Falcon Hontanosas who examines individual phases of thematic construction in her detailed study of the sketches of Hindemith’s ballet music Nobilissima Visione (1938). An interview with Hindemith which appeared in the Turkish daily newspaper ULUS in November 1937 in the Turkish language and has not previously been a subject of Hindemith research is presented by Günther Metz together with a German translation of this article summarizing Hindemith’s cultural activities in Turkey. Correspondence between the composer and the US-American publisher Ernest R. Voigt documents among other topics Hindemith’s efforts to explore new possibilities of setting up a professional life in the ‘land of unlimited opportunity’ in the wake of his massive denunciation by leading Nazi functionaries and the official ban on performances of his music in 1936. The volume concludes with an article on the mountain film Im Kampf mit dem Berge 1. Teil: In Sturm und Eis [The Fight with the Mountain Part 1: In Storm and Snow] for which Hindemith composed the music in 1921. At the screening of this film in the Capitol cinema in Mainz on 24 November 2021 on the initiative of the publisher Schott Music, Susanne Schaal-Gotthardt outlined the origins and reception of Hindemith’s film scores.
Hindemith-Jahrbuch / Annales Hindemith 2021/L
Herausgeber: Hindemith Institut Frankfurt im Auftrag der Fondation Hindemith, Blonay (CH)
Mainz: Schott 2021