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Paul  Hindemith

Born: November 16th, 1895
Died: December 28th, 1963
Country of origin: Germany
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2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00

In general, the lack of contact in music between the producer and the consumer in our time is regrettable; a composer should only write when he knows for what purpose he is composing. The days of simply composing for oneself have perhaps now been lost for ever. (Paul Hindemith)

Paul Hindemith was born on 16.11.1895 in Hanau. He studied the violin and composition with Adolf Rebner, Arnold Mendelssohn and Bernhard Sekles at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt/Main. He was only twenty when he was appointed as the leader of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra. After the end of the First World War, he returned to Frankfurt and founded the Amar Quartet in which he played the viola from 1922 to 1929. In 1923, Hindemith became a member of the organisational committee for the Donaueschingen Music Festival: it was at this festival that he gained an initial reputation following the first performance of his String Quartet Op. 16. In 1927, he was appointed as professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. His career as a composer reached a first peak at the beginning of the 1930s, but with the seizure of power by the National Socialists, his works were declared as “culturally bolshevist” and disappeared from concert programmes. Hindemith undertook a number of journeys to Turkey and the USA. In 1936, a final ban was issued for the performance of his works which provoked Hindemith to emigrate, initially to Switzerland. He subsequently relocated to the USA and acquired American nationality (1946). As a professor, he taught at Yale University from 1940 to 1953 and was a guest lecturer for poetry at the Harvard University in 1949/50. From 1951 to 1957, he was a professor for musicology at the Zurich University and settled in Blonay near Lake Geneva. Paul Hindemith died on 28 December 1963 in Frankfurt/Main.

Hindemith played a prominent role in music history, not only as one of the leading composers of the 20th century, but also as conductor, teacher and musical theorist. His oeuvre spans all genres: orchestral works, solo concertos, chamber music for a wide variety of instruments, choral works, lieder, operas and ballets. He was also the author of numerous books and essays, including the book on harmonic theory "Unterweisung im Tonsatz”, first published in 1937. His compositions take up a position within the contradictory contexts of avant-garde provocation, "Neue Sachlichkeit” [New Objectivity] and the search for a universally accepted musical language. While Kammermusik No.1 which was premiered in1922 in Donaueschingen was deliberately intended to provoke the bourgeois public with its wailing sirens, the later Kammermusik works which were composed up to 1927 display the transparent, contrapuntal and well-dosed harmony which chiefly characterised Hindemith’s works during his central creative phase. The Concerto for violin and orchestra from 1939 heralded a series of later solo concertos which display Hindemith’s fully matured style.

Hindemith produced a decisively contrasting alternative to Wagner’s musical dramas with his comic opera Neues vom Tage (1828-29), composed in the style of the “topical opera” of the 1920s. Hindemith’s operas frequently contain stylistic elements of parody which can also be detected in his ironical chamber music works such as Minimax (1923) or the Ouvertüre zum „Fliegenden Holländer“ („wie sie eine Kurkapelle morgens um 7 am Brunnen vom Blatt spielt“) [Overture to the “Flying Dutchman” (“as played at sight by the spa orchestra at seven o’clock in the morning at the fountain”)]. Hindemith made a substantial contribution to the genre of music theatre with his operas Cardillac (1925-26/1952), Mathis der Maler (1934-35) and Die Harmonie der Welt (1956-57).

Hindemith received honorary doctorates from numerous universities including the University of Frankfurt (1949), the FU Berlin (1950) and Oxford University (1954). He also received the Bach Prize from the city of Hamburg (1951), the Order pour le mérite (1952), the Sibelius Prize (1955), the Kunstpreis from the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia (1958) and the Bazlan Prize (1963). Since 2000, the city of Hanau has commemorated “the lifework of this illustrious artist” with the biennial awarding of the Paul Hindemith Prize of the city of Hanau.

1895
Born on 16 Nov. in Hanau
1902-05
Received musical instruction in Mühlheim am Main from his father and Eugen Reinhardt
1907
Violin pupil of Anna Hegner in Frankfurt/Main
1908
Violin pupil of Adolf Rebner; Beginning in winter semester of 1908, studies at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt
1910
Performance together with his sister Toni (born 1898) and his brother Rudolf (born 1900) as "Frankfurt Children´s Trio"
1912
Composition pupil of Arnold Mendelssohn; 1913 Composition instruction given by Bernhard Sekles
1914
Member or the Rebner Quartet, first as violinist, later on the viola
1915
Publically performs Beethoven´s violin concerto. First solo violinist of Opera house Orchestra in Frankfurt; father dies in battle in Flanders
1918
Regimental musician in Alsace and Flanders
1921
2 June: Composition evening in Frankfurt; Schott takes over the publication of Hindemith´s works
1921
First performance of Quartet Opus 16 during the "Donaueschinger Chamber Music Performances for the Advancement of Contemporary Art und Music". Scandal upon the performance of the one-act opera "Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen" and the play "Das Nusch-Nuschi" under the direction of Fritz Busch in Stuttgart
1922

The founding of the Amar Quartet with Hindemith on the viola

1923
Resigns position as first solo violinist in Frankfurt; under contract with Schott. Member of the Programme Committee of the Donaueschingen Chamber Music Days. Begin of extensive concert tours with the Amar Quartet throughout Europe
1924
Hindemith marries Gertrud Rottenberg
1927
Appointment to the College of Music (Hochschule für Musik) in Berlin
1933
Being attributes to "cultural Bolshevism" Hindemith music is banned from concert programmes in Germany
1934
12 March: First performance of the symphony "Mathis der Maler" conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler; November: Furtwängler puplishes an article entitled "The Case of Hindemith" to which Goebbels responds in a speech at the Berlin Portpalast
1935
Hindemith takes extended leave from the State College of Music Berlin; April/May: First tour of Turkey
1936
March/May: Second tour of Turkey; Performances in Germany forbidden
1937
February and September: Third and fourth tour of Turkey; March-April: First tour of the U.S.A. (East Coast)
1938
February-April: Second tour of the U.S.A.; September: Emigration to Switzerland
1939
Third tour of U.S.A.
1940
February: Emigration to the U.S.A.; appointed to Yale University in New Haven
1941
Instructs summer course at the Berkshire Festival (Tanglewood) on music of the Middle Ages
1945-53
Concert of the Collegium Musicum of Yale University playing pieces by composers from Perotinus to Bach
1946
Hindemith becomes an American citizen
1947
April-September: First trip to Europe since Emigration; reunion with mother and meeting with Schott publishers Ludwig and Willy Strecker
1948-49
August-March: Second trip to Europe
1949-50
Lectures as Professor of Poetry at Harvard University
1949
January-February: Lecture tour through Germany by appointment of the American Military Occupation Government; granted honorary degree from Frankfurt University
1950
September: Gives speech on Bach in Hamburg (Johann Sebastian Bach. Ein vepflichtendes Erbe); Receives honorary degree from the Free University of Berlin
1951-53
Teaching assignments in Zurich and Yale concurrently
1951
Recipient of Bach Prize of the City of Hamburg; Appointment to the University of Zürich (Switzerland) as professor of music theory, composition and music education
1952
Member of the order Pour le mérite
1953-63
Frequent concert tours as conductor
1953
Hindemith takes up residence in Blonay, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva
1954
July-November: South American tour; granted honorary degree by Oxford University
1955
Sibelius Prize
1956
April/May: Tour of Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1957
Hindemith resigns teaching positioin in Zurich
1958
Arts Award of North Rhine Westphalia
1963
June: Lecture "Sterbende Gewässer" at the yearly meeting of the order "Pour le mérite" in Bonn; Balzan Prize; Hindemith dies on 28 December 1963 in Frankfurt/Main
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  1. Suchen Sie eine gute Unterkunft

    Suchen Sie eine gute Unterkunft

    Kanon à 4 für Dr. Grotrian
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    Sönnlein, geh nicht fort

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  3. Richard Donovan has birthday

    Richard Donovan has birthday

    Kanon à 5 für Richard Donovan
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    Sing, hevin imperial

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  5. Dolorum solacium

    Dolorum solacium

    Kanon à 4 für Ernest Ansermet
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    Unusquisque eum cantum

    Kanon à 3 für Eduard Preußner
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  7. Sine musica nulla disciplina

    Sine musica nulla disciplina

    Kanon à 3 für Werner Reinhart
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  8. Oh, Threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!

    Oh, Threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!

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    Musica divinas laudes

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  10. Wir sind froh (sowieso)

    Wir sind froh (sowieso)

    Kanon à 6 für das Basler Kammerorchester
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In general, the lack of contact in music between the producer and the consumer in our time is regrettable; a composer should only write when he knows for what purpose he is composing. The days of simply composing for oneself have perhaps now been lost for ever. (Paul Hindemith)

Paul Hindemith was born on 16.11.1895 in Hanau. He studied the violin and composition with Adolf Rebner, Arnold Mendelssohn and Bernhard Sekles at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt/Main. He was only twenty when he was appointed as the leader of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra. After the end of the First World War, he returned to Frankfurt and founded the Amar Quartet in which he played the viola from 1922 to 1929. In 1923, Hindemith became a member of the organisational committee for the Donaueschingen Music Festival: it was at this festival that he gained an initial reputation following the first performance of his String Quartet Op. 16. In 1927, he was appointed as professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. His career as a composer reached a first peak at the beginning of the 1930s, but with the seizure of power by the National Socialists, his works were declared as “culturally bolshevist” and disappeared from concert programmes. Hindemith undertook a number of journeys to Turkey and the USA. In 1936, a final ban was issued for the performance of his works which provoked Hindemith to emigrate, initially to Switzerland. He subsequently relocated to the USA and acquired American nationality (1946). As a professor, he taught at Yale University from 1940 to 1953 and was a guest lecturer for poetry at the Harvard University in 1949/50. From 1951 to 1957, he was a professor for musicology at the Zurich University and settled in Blonay near Lake Geneva. Paul Hindemith died on 28 December 1963 in Frankfurt/Main.

Hindemith played a prominent role in music history, not only as one of the leading composers of the 20th century, but also as conductor, teacher and musical theorist. His oeuvre spans all genres: orchestral works, solo concertos, chamber music for a wide variety of instruments, choral works, lieder, operas and ballets. He was also the author of numerous books and essays, including the book on harmonic theory "Unterweisung im Tonsatz”, first published in 1937. His compositions take up a position within the contradictory contexts of avant-garde provocation, "Neue Sachlichkeit” [New Objectivity] and the search for a universally accepted musical language. While Kammermusik No.1 which was premiered in1922 in Donaueschingen was deliberately intended to provoke the bourgeois public with its wailing sirens, the later Kammermusik works which were composed up to 1927 display the transparent, contrapuntal and well-dosed harmony which chiefly characterised Hindemith’s works during his central creative phase. The Concerto for violin and orchestra from 1939 heralded a series of later solo concertos which display Hindemith’s fully matured style.

Hindemith produced a decisively contrasting alternative to Wagner’s musical dramas with his comic opera Neues vom Tage (1828-29), composed in the style of the “topical opera” of the 1920s. Hindemith’s operas frequently contain stylistic elements of parody which can also be detected in his ironical chamber music works such as Minimax (1923) or the Ouvertüre zum „Fliegenden Holländer“ („wie sie eine Kurkapelle morgens um 7 am Brunnen vom Blatt spielt“) [Overture to the “Flying Dutchman” (“as played at sight by the spa orchestra at seven o’clock in the morning at the fountain”)]. Hindemith made a substantial contribution to the genre of music theatre with his operas Cardillac (1925-26/1952), Mathis der Maler (1934-35) and Die Harmonie der Welt (1956-57).

Hindemith received honorary doctorates from numerous universities including the University of Frankfurt (1949), the FU Berlin (1950) and Oxford University (1954). He also received the Bach Prize from the city of Hamburg (1951), the Order pour le mérite (1952), the Sibelius Prize (1955), the Kunstpreis from the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia (1958) and the Bazlan Prize (1963). Since 2000, the city of Hanau has commemorated “the lifework of this illustrious artist” with the biennial awarding of the Paul Hindemith Prize of the city of Hanau.

Works
Chronology
1895
Born on 16 Nov. in Hanau
1902-05
Received musical instruction in Mühlheim am Main from his father and Eugen Reinhardt
1907
Violin pupil of Anna Hegner in Frankfurt/Main
1908
Violin pupil of Adolf Rebner; Beginning in winter semester of 1908, studies at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt
1910
Performance together with his sister Toni (born 1898) and his brother Rudolf (born 1900) as "Frankfurt Children´s Trio"
1912
Composition pupil of Arnold Mendelssohn; 1913 Composition instruction given by Bernhard Sekles
1914
Member or the Rebner Quartet, first as violinist, later on the viola
1915
Publically performs Beethoven´s violin concerto. First solo violinist of Opera house Orchestra in Frankfurt; father dies in battle in Flanders
1918
Regimental musician in Alsace and Flanders
1921
2 June: Composition evening in Frankfurt; Schott takes over the publication of Hindemith´s works
1921
First performance of Quartet Opus 16 during the "Donaueschinger Chamber Music Performances for the Advancement of Contemporary Art und Music". Scandal upon the performance of the one-act opera "Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen" and the play "Das Nusch-Nuschi" under the direction of Fritz Busch in Stuttgart
1922

The founding of the Amar Quartet with Hindemith on the viola

1923
Resigns position as first solo violinist in Frankfurt; under contract with Schott. Member of the Programme Committee of the Donaueschingen Chamber Music Days. Begin of extensive concert tours with the Amar Quartet throughout Europe
1924
Hindemith marries Gertrud Rottenberg
1927
Appointment to the College of Music (Hochschule für Musik) in Berlin
1933
Being attributes to "cultural Bolshevism" Hindemith music is banned from concert programmes in Germany
1934
12 March: First performance of the symphony "Mathis der Maler" conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler; November: Furtwängler puplishes an article entitled "The Case of Hindemith" to which Goebbels responds in a speech at the Berlin Portpalast
1935
Hindemith takes extended leave from the State College of Music Berlin; April/May: First tour of Turkey
1936
March/May: Second tour of Turkey; Performances in Germany forbidden
1937
February and September: Third and fourth tour of Turkey; March-April: First tour of the U.S.A. (East Coast)
1938
February-April: Second tour of the U.S.A.; September: Emigration to Switzerland
1939
Third tour of U.S.A.
1940
February: Emigration to the U.S.A.; appointed to Yale University in New Haven
1941
Instructs summer course at the Berkshire Festival (Tanglewood) on music of the Middle Ages
1945-53
Concert of the Collegium Musicum of Yale University playing pieces by composers from Perotinus to Bach
1946
Hindemith becomes an American citizen
1947
April-September: First trip to Europe since Emigration; reunion with mother and meeting with Schott publishers Ludwig and Willy Strecker
1948-49
August-March: Second trip to Europe
1949-50
Lectures as Professor of Poetry at Harvard University
1949
January-February: Lecture tour through Germany by appointment of the American Military Occupation Government; granted honorary degree from Frankfurt University
1950
September: Gives speech on Bach in Hamburg (Johann Sebastian Bach. Ein vepflichtendes Erbe); Receives honorary degree from the Free University of Berlin
1951-53
Teaching assignments in Zurich and Yale concurrently
1951
Recipient of Bach Prize of the City of Hamburg; Appointment to the University of Zürich (Switzerland) as professor of music theory, composition and music education
1952
Member of the order Pour le mérite
1953-63
Frequent concert tours as conductor
1953
Hindemith takes up residence in Blonay, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva
1954
July-November: South American tour; granted honorary degree by Oxford University
1955
Sibelius Prize
1956
April/May: Tour of Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1957
Hindemith resigns teaching positioin in Zurich
1958
Arts Award of North Rhine Westphalia
1963
June: Lecture "Sterbende Gewässer" at the yearly meeting of the order "Pour le mérite" in Bonn; Balzan Prize; Hindemith dies on 28 December 1963 in Frankfurt/Main
Performances
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00
Conductor: Kazuki Wada
Orchestra: Funabashi Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-11-16 | Funabashi (Japan), Funabashi Shimin Bunka Hall — 18:00
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst — 19:30
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst — 19:30
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Kuhhirtenturm — 11:00
2019-11-16 | Wien (Austria), Gesellschaft für Musiktheater — 19:00
Conductor: Uwe Renz
Orchestra: Ensemble Pi:k
2019-11-16 | Aalen (Germany), ev. Gemeindehaus — 19:00
2019-11-16 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Spiel
Conductor: Christof Hilger
Orchestra: Instrumental-Verein Wuppertal
2019-11-17 | Wuppertal (Germany), Immanuelskirche — 17:00
Conductor: Paul Leonard Schäffer
2019-11-18 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Heiliggeistkirche
Conductor: Paul Leonard Schäffer
2019-11-18 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Heiliggeistkirche
Conductor: Byron Fidetzis
Orchestra: Athens Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-11-18 | Athen (Greece), Christos Lambrakis Hall — 20:30
Conductor: Paul Leonard Schäffer
2019-11-20 | Bad Vilbel (Germany), St. Nikolaus
Conductor: Paul Leonard Schäffer
2019-11-20 | Bad Vilbel (Germany), St. Nikolaus
Conductor: Peter Szilvay
Orchestra: Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps
2019-11-21 | Oslo (Norway), Ridehuset — 19:00
Conductor: Florian Ludwig
2019-11-22 | Detmold (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Konzerthaus — 19:30
Conductor: Daiki Shimizu
Orchestra: Ueno Gakuen University Orchestra
2019-11-22 | Tokyo (Japan), Ishibashi Memorial Hall — 19:00
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2019-11-22 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Daiki Shimizu
Orchestra: Ueno Gakuen University Orchestra
2019-11-23 | Kawasaki (Japan), Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall — 19:00
Orchestra: ensemble KONTRASTE
2019-11-23 | Nürnberg (Germany), Tafelhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2019-11-23 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall — 20:00
2019-11-24 | Hanau (Germany), Comoedienhaus Wilhelmsbad — 11:30
2019-11-24 | Hanau (Germany), Comoedienhaus Wilhelmsbad
Conductor: Matthias Foremny
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2019-11-26 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-11-26 | London (United Kingdom), St John Smith Square — 19.30
Conductor: Matthias Foremny
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2019-11-27 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Orchestra: OUP Orchestra
2019-11-27 | Oxford (United Kingdom), St. Barnabas Church
Conductor: Florian Ludwig
2019-11-27 | Bielefeld (Germany), Universität, Audimax — 20:00
2019-11-27 | Saarbrücken (Germany), Hochschule für Musik Saar
Conductor: Ulrich Windfuhr (28.11.); Dirigierklasse Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr (02.12.)
Orchestra: Ensemble 13/14
2019-11-28 | Hamburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Forum — 19:30
Conductor: Ulrich Windfuhr (28.11.2019); Dirigierklasse Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr (02.12.)
Orchestra: Ensemble 13/14
2019-11-28 | Hamburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Forum — 19:30
Conductor: Tom Hammond
Orchestra: Mid Herts Youth Orchestra
2019-11-30 | Welwyn Garden City (United Kingdom), St Francis Church — 19.00
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-11-30 | Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Petronas Philharmonic Hall — 20.30
Conductor: Matthias Foremny
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2019-12-01 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-12-01 | Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Petronas Philharmonic Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Ulrich Windfuhr (28.11.); Dirigierklasse Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr (02.12.)
Orchestra: Ensemble 13/14
2019-12-02 | Hamburg (Germany), Kirche St. Johannis — 19:30
Conductor: Ulrich Windfuhr (28.11.2019); Dirigierklasse Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr (02.12.)
Orchestra: Ensemble 13/14
2019-12-02 | Hamburg (Germany), Kirche St. Johannis — 19:30
Conductor: Szymon Makowski
Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonia Dolnośląska
2019-12-06 | Jelenia Góra (Poland), Filharmonia Dolnoslaska — 19:00
Orchestra: Red Note Ensemble
2019-12-09 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Conductor: Christian Ehwald
Orchestra: Guiyang Symphony Orchestra
2019-12-13 | Guiyang (China, People's Republic), Grand Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Katsuto Yokoshima
Orchestra: Miyamae Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-12-15 | Kawasaki (Japan), Miyamae Shiminkan — 14:00
2020-01-09 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2020-01-10 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-11 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2020-01-16 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-16 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Philharmonie
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-17 | Paris (France), Philharmonie de Paris
2020-01-20 | London (United Kingdom), Wigmore Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-20 | Firenze (Italy), Teatro del Maggio Musicale
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-22 | Milano (Italy), Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-23 | Lugano (Italy), LAC Sala Teatro
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2020-01-26 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 18:00
Conductor: Gerhard Markson
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
2020-01-28 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
2020-01-31 | Berlin (Germany), Pierre Boulez Saal
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2020-03-04 | Forbach (Germany), Burghof
2020-03-04 | Herford (Germany), Philharmonie, Studio
Orchestra: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
2020-03-08 | Saarbrücken (Germany), SWR Studio — 11:00
Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2020-03-13 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper — 19:00 | Revival
Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2020-03-16 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper — 19:00
Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2020-03-19 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper — 19:00
Conductor: Ruth Reinhardt
Orchestra: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
2020-03-19 | Indianapolis,IN (United States of America), Hilbert Circle Theatre
Conductor: Ruth Reinhardt
Orchestra: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
2020-03-20 | Indianapolis,IN (United States of America), Hilbert Circle Theatre
Conductor: Ruth Reinhardt
Orchestra: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
2020-03-21 | Indianapolis,IN (United States of America), Hilbert Circle Theatre
Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2020-03-22 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper — 14:00
Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2020-03-27 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper — 19:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst; Michael Boder, 2020
2020-04-02 | Wien (Austria), Staatsoper | Revival
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst; Michael Boder, 2020
2020-04-05 | Wien (Austria), Staatsoper
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst; Michael Boder, 2020
2020-04-08 | Wien (Austria), Staatsoper
Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2020-04-25 | Potsdam (Germany), Friedenskirche
Conductor: Thomas Neuhoff
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2020-04-28 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Jennifer Sacher Wiley
Orchestra: Jennifer Wiley
2020-05-02 | Carlisle,PA (United States of America), Carlisle Theatre
Conductor: Jennifer Sacher Wiley
Orchestra: Jennifer Wiley
2020-05-03 | Carlisle,PA (United States of America), Carlisle Theatre
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony
2020-05-16 | Portland,OR (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam
2020-05-17 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
2020-05-17 | Oxford (United Kingdom), Holywell Music Room — 15:00
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony
2020-05-17 | Portland,OR (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Conductor: Carlos Kalmar
Orchestra: Oregon Symphony
2020-05-18 | Portland,OR (United States of America), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
2020-05-21 | Detroit,MI (United States of America), Orchestra Hall
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
2020-05-22 | Detroit,MI (United States of America), Orchestra Hall
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
2020-05-23 | Detroit,MI (United States of America), Orchestra Hall
Conductor: Beau Benson
Orchestra: Oregon East Symphony
2020-06-13 | Pendleton,OR (United States of America), Vert Auditorium
Conductor: Toby Thatcher
Orchestra: Farnborough Symphony Orchestra
2020-06-13 | Aldershot (United Kingdom), Princes Hall — 19.45
Conductor: Christian Münch-Cordellier
Orchestra: Main Orchester Frankfurt
2020-06-26 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Alte Nikolaikirche — 20:00
Conductor: Christian Münch-Cordellier
Orchestra: Main Orchester Frankfurt
2020-06-27 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Bergkirche — 17:00
2020-11-08 | Lugano (Switzerland), Teatrostudio
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  1. Suchen Sie eine gute Unterkunft

    Suchen Sie eine gute Unterkunft

    Kanon à 4 für Dr. Grotrian
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    Sönnlein, geh nicht fort

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  3. Richard Donovan has birthday

    Richard Donovan has birthday

    Kanon à 5 für Richard Donovan
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    Sing, hevin imperial

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    Dolorum solacium

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    Unusquisque eum cantum

    Kanon à 3 für Eduard Preußner
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    Wir sind froh (sowieso)

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