Paul Hindemith, his importance to the Clarinet

Concerning Elementary Training for Musicians,I used that Hindemith book for 20 years of teaching Ear Training, or as my students probably called it Fright-singing, and Fear-Training.
I know from the many compliments I have had over the years that Hindemith has helped my own reading as well as anyone who has worked with that book.

But , we owe so much more to Paul Hindemith and one simply has to list the following works he wrote including clarinet that are so important in the repertoire, and I have a question for you at the conclusion of this long list:

The Woodwind Quintet, 1924
Clarinet Sonata, 1939 (strange that Lennies Clarinet Sonata 1942, sounds so much like it)
The Clarinet 4tet, for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
The Clarinet Quintet for Clarinet, String Quartet, (with a wonderful movement for Eb, hard as ****) the last movement of the work is a mirror image of the first.
Three Pieces for 5 players, Clarinet, Violin,Trumpet, Double Bass, and Piano
The Concerto, another difficult, rhythmically challenging work.)
Abend-Concert for Vioilin, and Clarinet

Now, my question is one of corroboration:
Since I first played the Woodwind Quintet, I was told by a respectd teacher that indeed Hindemith wrote all of the parts individually while riding the train to and from Berlin, and then, staggeringly, he wrote the score from his head. Is this true?

It doesn’t matter. I will always choose to believe it.

Thanks for bringing the Hindemith name back. All of the above works have enriching, beautiful and prominent clarinet parts. I have concert recordings of them all, save the Concerto, another long story.

stay well, all

Sherman Friedland

I posted this on The Clarinet Bulleting Board


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