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Paul  Hindemith

Born: November 16th, 1895
Died: December 28th, 1963
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Maximilian Leinekugel
Orchestra: Munich Classical Players
2019-05-25 | Haar (Germany), Kleines Theater — 19:00
Conductor: Ina Dimitrova
Orchestra: Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz
2019-05-26 | Meggen (Switzerland), Gemeindesaal — 17:00

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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    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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    Sine musica nulla disciplina

    Kanon à 3 für Werner Reinhart
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    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
Conductor: Maximilian Leinekugel
Orchestra: Munich Classical Players
2019-05-25 | Haar (Germany), Kleines Theater — 19:00
Conductor: Ina Dimitrova
Orchestra: Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz
2019-05-26 | Meggen (Switzerland), Gemeindesaal — 17:00
Orchestra: UCLA Wind Ensemble
2019-05-29 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Schoenberg Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Erich Polz
Orchestra: Bayerisches Ärzteorchester
2019-05-31 | Bad Kissingen (Germany), Regentenbau, Max Littmann Saal — 18:00
Conductor: Erich Polz
Orchestra: Bayerisches Ärzteorchester
2019-06-01 | Günzburg (Germany), Forum am Hofgarten — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2019-06-01 | Sarnen (Switzerland), Aula Cher
Orchestra: Students of the Conservatorio di Musica Lucio Campiani
2019-06-01 | Mantova (Italy), Conservatorio di Musica Lucio Campiani
Conductor: Erich Polz
Orchestra: Bayerisches Ärzteorchester
2019-06-02 | München (Germany), Alte Kongresshalle — 18:00
Conductor: Gerald Tedesco
Orchestra: Sussex County Youth Orchestra
2019-06-02 | Newton, NJ (United States of America), School auditorium
Conductor: Michael Stern
Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony
2019-06-07 | Kansas City, MO (United States of America), Kauffman Performing Arts Center
Conductor: Michael Sanderling
Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2019-06-07 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Michael Stern
Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony
2019-06-08 | Kansas City, MO (United States of America), Kauffman Performing Arts Center
Conductor: Michael Stern
Orchestra: Kansas City Symphony
2019-06-09 | Kansas City, MO (United States of America), Kauffman Performing Arts Center
Orchestra: Musicans of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vecchi Tonelli
2019-06-09 | Carpi (Italy)
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-06-09 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Anders Eby
2019-06-12 | Stockholm (Sweden), Eric Ericson Hallen
Conductor: Christian Münch-Cordellier
Orchestra: Main Orchester Frankfurt
2019-06-14 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Alte Nikolaikirche — 20:00
Conductor: Christian Münch-Cordellier
Orchestra: Main Orchester Frankfurt
2019-06-15 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Bergkirche — 17:00
Conductor: Stanislav Vavřínek
Orchestra: Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava
2019-06-16 | Hradec nad Moravici (Czech Republic) — 15:00
2019-06-16 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), SWR Studio, Emmerich-Smola-Saal — 17:00
Conductor: Richard Scerbo
Orchestra: Inscape Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-16 | Washington,DC (United States of America), National Gallery of Art
Conductor: Richard Scerbo
Orchestra: Inscape Chamber Orchestra
2019-06-16 | Washington,DC (United States of America), National Gallery of Art
Conductor: Simon Gaudenz
Orchestra: Hamburger Camerata
2019-06-19 | Hamburg (Germany), Laeiszhalle — 20:00
2019-06-19 | Wien (Austria), Gesellschaft für Musiktheater — 19:00
Conductor: Marco Bellasi
Orchestra: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-06-29 | Chester (United Kingdom), Chester Cathedral — 19.30
Conductor: Stefan Ottersbach
Orchestra: Universitätsorchester Gießen
2019-06-30 | Gießen (Germany), Kongresshalle — 19:30
Conductor: Gregor Bühl
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar
2019-07-06 | Weimar (Germany), Park an der Weimarhalle — 20:00
Conductor: Maximilian Leinekugel
Orchestra: Munich Classical Players
2019-07-21 | Haar (Germany), Rathaus — 18:00
Conductor: Leon Botstein
Orchestra: American Symphony Orchestra
2019-08-17 | New York, NY (United States of America), Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater
Orchestra: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
2019-08-18 | Lenox,MA (United States of America), Seiji Ozawa Hall
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Ulster Youth Orchestra
2019-08-23 | (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Peter Ruhns
Orchestra: Mendelssohn-Kammerorchester Leipzig
2019-08-23 | Weimar (Germany), Musikgymnasium Belvedere, Konzertsaal
Orchestra: LGT Young Soloists
2019-08-29 | Geisenheim (Germany), Schloss Johannisberg, Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal
2019-08-30 | Weimar (Germany), Deutsches Nationaltheater, Foyer
2019-09-06 | Weimar (Germany), Schießhaus
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
2019-09-13 | Newport News,VA (United States of America), Ferguson Center
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
2019-09-14 | Norfolk,VA (United States of America), Chrysler Hall
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
2019-09-15 | Virginia Beach,VA (United States of America), Sandler Center
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2019-09-21 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-09-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-09-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-09-29 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2019-10-03 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 18:00
Conductor: Christopher Seaman
Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic
2019-10-17 | Rochester,NY (United States of America), Eastman Theatre
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2019-10-18 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Christopher Seaman
Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic
2019-10-19 | Rochester,NY (United States of America), Eastman Theatre
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Radio Symphonie Orchester
2019-10-24 | Wiener (Austria), Wiener Konzerhaus — 19.30
Conductor: David Itkin
Orchestra: Abilene Philharmonic
2019-10-26 | Abilene,TX (United States of America), Abilene Civic Center
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2019-11-10 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 15:00
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2019-11-13 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
2019-11-16 | Wien (Austria), Gesellschaft für Musiktheater — 19:00
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-11-30 | Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Petronas Philharmonic Hall — 20.30
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2019-12-01 | Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Petronas Philharmonic Hall — 15.00
Conductor: Joseph Trafton
2020-01-10 | Hagen (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-11 | Vienna (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
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-20 | Florence (Italy), Teatro del Maggio Musicale
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2020-01-22 | Milan (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: N.N.
2020-02-07 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00 | First Night
Conductor: N.N.
2020-02-09 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00
Conductor: N.N.
2020-02-14 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00
Conductor: N.N.
2020-02-16 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00
Conductor: N.N.
2020-02-22 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00
Conductor: N.N.
2020-02-29 | Budapest (Hungary), Eiffel Műhelyház – Bánffy terem — 18:00
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: 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
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
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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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    Composer : Hindemith, Paul
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  2. Sönnlein, geh nicht fort

    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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    Composer : Hindemith, Paul
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  4. Sing, hevin imperial

    Sing, hevin imperial

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  5. Dolorum solacium

    Dolorum solacium

    Kanon à 4 für Ernest Ansermet
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  6. Unusquisque eum cantum

    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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  9. Musica divinas laudes

    Musica divinas laudes

    Kanon à 3 für Elisabeth Sprague Coolidge
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  10. Wir sind froh (sowieso)

    Wir sind froh (sowieso)

    Kanon à 6 für das Basler Kammerorchester
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