The great treasure of the Hindemith Institut is in its extensive archive material. The plethora of material offers a differentiated glimpse into the life and activities of the composer. Several of the numerous documents from Hindemith's estate can be seen in the exhibition "40th Anniversary of the Hindemith Institut Frankfurt: Treasures from the Archive" which will open on 14 November at 6:00 PM in the Small Hall of the Music Academy. These include a sketchbook in which Hindemith crushed a flea when he was a soldier on the Front in 1918 and a music manuscript that was partially burned during the Second World War. In addition, a pocket calendar, programmes, Hindemith's works catalogues, letters, private photo albums, drawings and other documents will be shown, including curiosities such as the collection made by the composer of ways of misspelling his surname. Moreover, various areas of the Institut's work will be introduced, including the Hindemith Complete Edition which, in its historical-critical layout, has provided numerous impulses for other complete editions of twentieth-century composers. The festival lecture "From Ivory Tower to Cowherds' Tower: Composers' Institutes Today" opening the exhibition will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp, the Managing Director of the Max Reger Institute in Karlsruhe. The exhibition opening will be musically accompanied by students of the HfMDK.The jubilee festivities will already begin on 13 November at 7:00 PM with an opening concert given by students of the HfMDK in the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Hall at Schott Publishers in Mainz. On 16 November at 11:00 AM, Megumi Kasakawa (viola) and other members of the Ensemble Modern will perform works by Quincy Porter, Haruyuki Suzuki and Paul Hindemith as part of the concert series "Chamber Music in the Cowherds' Tower".On 16 November at 7:30 PM, a gala concert with works of Hindemith will be presented at the Great Hall of the Music Academy, organised by students of the Music Academy under the direction of Gerhard Müller-Hornbach.At two courses during the Winter Semester 2014/15, students will be able to gain insight into the work of Paul Hindemith and that of the Institut. At a seminar on 15 November 2014 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the music theoretician and composer Prof. Ernst-August Kloetzke and Dr. Luitgard Schader (Edition Director of the Hindemith Complete Edition) will pose the question How Useful Is a Complete Edition for Artists?
During the Winter Semester 2014/15, Prof. Gerhard Müller-Hornbach together with Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Winkler (Hindemith Institut) will lead a seminar "Between Composition, Music Theory and Instrumental Practice - Aspects of Paul Hindemith's 'The Craft of Musical Composition'".