Paul Hindemith. Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra ‘Minimax'”), parody for string quartet. Composition Information ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On. Hindemith’s early childhood was influenced by his father’s draconian methods of bringing up [«Minimax», Repertoire for Military Orchestra for String Quartet]. Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Leipziger Streichquartett, Andreas Seidel, Timan Buning, Ivo Bauer, Matthias Moosdorf – Weill: Complete String Quartets; Hindemith.

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Significantly, Hindemith never published it and asked that his unpublished works never be played after his death. Hindemith’s early childhood was influenced by his father’s draconian methods of bringing up children. Unfortunately, the titles are more interesting than the music itself, which could have been written by any competent composer of the period.

Hindemith, about five years older and almost entirely self-taught, had found major success as hineemith, teacher, and composer. The second movement, a driving scherzo, shows the influence of Mahler in its march trio.

The simplest textures nudge up against hibdemith fairly fierce and inventive counterpoint. Unlike the earlier quartet, the work belongs wholly to its time and shows many influences, some superficially contradictory: The most elaborate of the three movements and longer than the other two movements put together, it takes the idea through several different imitative, though not strictly fugal, treatments, song-plus-accompaniment, and rhapsody.

Every movement title puns on something. Add Schoenberg, Berg, and Toch, and you basically have the A-team. Weill’s earlier quartet in b-minor stands firmly in the late Romantic era. His use kinimax rhythm in the service of form is nothing less than masterful. If you’re not miinmax with this, we won’t set these cookies but some nice features of the site may be unavailable. It reflects his current imnimax with Humperdinck.

If someone wants to occupy himself with me, he should look at my works.


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Humour, a sense for practical joking and a considerable portion of self-irony marked Hindemith’s character. String Quartet String Quartet, Op. On the other hand, they deliver a lovely account of the least satirical movement, “Dandelion at the Brook’s Shore,” a concert waltz.

None of the works here typify the hindemitb of these composers. It’s not yet the sound we associate with Weill — neither the sour and acid of the European music, nor the bittersweet nostalgia of the American — but it is the work of a great composer-to-be. No other composer of the twentieth century wrote such a comprehensive and versatile oeuvre comprising all usable genres.

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It does nothing for his currently low reputation and isn’t fair to the “real” music he wrote during the hiindemith year, like the Fourth String Quartet and Das Marienleben. Weill’s early maturity always astonished me he was born in Somehow, Weill synthesizes bindemith these strains into something his own. There’s also a psychological coolness to it that nevertheless suggests a disturbance beneath the surface. This CD presents early work by two of the most prominent German composers after the hindekith.

When I gave away the boy, I had already drilled him quite well in ear training and music, but when I picked him up from school, he was total spoiled. If so, I have to say I didn’t know the old man had it in him.

Minimax (Hindemith, Paul) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won’t work as expected without them. One interesting feature, a distinctive rhythm, shows up years later in Dreigroschenoperagain in the “Melodrama. These cookies are set when you submit a form, login or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links. Above all, Weill knows how to keep things moving. He wrote it for a private gathering of friends and supporters — a party piece.


The Leipzig Quartet plays beautifully, at times perhaps too beautifully. The operas Cardillac and Mathis der Maler are considered standard mlnimax of operatic history; the sonatas are indispensible works in the repertoire of all instrumentalists.

However, give them real meat, like Weill’s Op. Home News Contacts Copyright.

They do a professional job on the Weill b-minor quartet, but it’s not a work that will wow too many, no matter who plays it. The first movement, an “Introduction,” foreshadows the “Melodrama” of Die Dreigroschenoper.

Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra ‘Minimax'”), parody for string quartet

They don’t seem to understand that Minimax is crude fun. Cookie settings Close This website uses cookies This website uses cookies to improve user experience. If it is satire, nobody knows its target, and it may well be a Hindemith original. He wrote many of his best-known masterpieces before the age of thirty. He should have destroyed it, rather than rely on good will. When one goes to a tailor, one doesn’t want a picture or photograph of him, but a well-made suit. The rest of it is good student work, but nothing more.

Indeed, before Weill had finished his studies with Busoni, Hindemith was running one of the most important new-music festivals in Europe.

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The Hindemith counts as little more than a jape. The finale, “Chorale Fantasia,” takes off on an idea heard near the opening on the cello. We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site.