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Yale in New York kicks off season with The Legacy of Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith served on the YSM faculty 1940–53
October 24, 2013

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Yale School of Music opens the 2013-14 season of YALE IN NEW YORK with THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMITH on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

At once an innovative composer and theorist and a passionate educator, Paul Hindemith(1895–1963) served on the Yale School of Music faculty from 1940-53 and left behind a spirit of invention and exploration that remains at the heart of Yale’s program. The Legacy of Paul Hindemith commemorates sixty years since the composer’s stay in New Haven and fifty years since his passing, with a program focusing on composers, faculty, and students who have felt this profound influence.

The Legacy of Paul Hindemith is a follow-up to last season’ Yale in New York concert, “Hindemith: Master and Prankster,” which showcased the humorous side of the composer’s early works. This fall’s program features several Hindemith compositions from diverse chapters of his life. His quartet for four horns, written at Yale, will be introduced by jazz horn pioneer Willie Ruff (’53BM, ’54MM), who studied under Hindemith and performed in the composition’s first read-through. Two earlier works from the celebrated Opus 24 will be heard as well: Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, and the jazz-influenced Kammermusik No. 1 written for flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, harmonium, piano, string quartet, and percussion.