Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Hindemith Lieder 1933-1939, Für Hohe Singstimme Und Klavier/for High Voice and Piano

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Hindemith Lieder 1933-1939, Für Hohe Singstimme Und Klavier/for High Voice and Piano

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Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963). Hindemith Lieder 1933-1939, für hohe Singstimme und Klavier/for High Voice and Piano. Editions Schott. 1) "Er ist etwas im Menschen" (Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815); 2) "Der Tod" (Matthias Claudius); 3) "Das Ganze, nicht das Einzelne" (Friedrich Rückert, 1788-1866); 4) "Hymne" (Novalis, 1772-1801); 5) "Lied der Toten" (Novalis); 6) "Gesang" (Novalis); 7) "Ich will nicht klagen mehr" (Novalis); 8) "Weg, weg, ihr Seraphim" (Angelus Silesius, 1624-1677); 9) "Es kann im Ewigkeit" (Angeles Silesius); 10) "Du sprichst, das Grosse kann nicht in dem Kleinen sein" (Angelus Silesius); 11) "Du sprichst: Versetze dich" (Angelus Silesius); 12) "Swinget leise" (Clemens Brentano, 1778-1842); 13) "Brautgesang" (Clemens Brentano); 14) "Das Köhlerweib ist trunken" (Gottfried Keller, 1819-1890); 15) "Der Einsiedler" (Agostino da Cruz, 1540-1619/German: Karl Fossiler); 16) "Unter Feinden" (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900); 17) "Die Sonne sinkt" (Friedrich Nietzsche).

This recent release by Editions Schott is a fascinating collection of songs by German composer Paul Hindemith. The period in which these songs were composed (and, with the exception of "Das Ganze, nicht das Einzelne," never published while Hindemith lived) was a difficult one for the composer; he was transitioning from his celebrated Weimar Republic persona while trying desperately to fit in to the new National Socialist reality that was Hitler's regime. Despite his efforts to ingratiate himself into the Führer's artistic vision for music in Germany, certain works written during his former freer stylistic period continued to dog his efforts. His opera, News of the Day (1929), offended Hitler greatly with its nude bathtub scene, and, by 1936, any performances of Hindemith's works were banned by the state. …

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