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Composers of the Nazi EraEight Portraits$
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Michael H. Kater

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.001.0001

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Paul Hindemith The Reluctant Emigre

Paul Hindemith The Reluctant Emigre

(p.31) 2 Paul Hindemith The Reluctant Emigre
Composers of the Nazi Era

Michael H. Kater (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing Paul Hindemith's most important personal and musical traits — unpredictability and adaptability. It then discusses his style as a composer. It examines his political awareness as a contemporary of the November Revolution. It discusses Hindemith's denouncement of Hitler, as well as its consequences. It mentions Hindemith's escape from Germany to Switzerland, and his several travels to the United States. It narrates his life as a professor in some of the well-known universities in the United States. It describes Hindemith as the most prominent composer of the younger generation in Germany at the beginning of the Nazi rule, and his work was universally famous and secretly admired by many in the Reich. It explains why Hindemith was reluctant to return to Germany.

Keywords:   Paul Hindemith, composer, political awareness, Hitler, Germany, Switzerland, United States, professor

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