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Ludus Tonalis (1942)

By Paul Hindemith

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Ludus Tonalis (1942) (Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organization and Piano Playing). Composed by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). For Piano. Schott. 60 pages. Schott Music #ED3964. Published by Schott Music (HL.49004546).

ISBN 3795795621. 9x12 inches.

The cycle of fugues is introduced and concluded by a Praeludium and Postludium, the second formed by turning the Praeludium upside down and reading it backwards. In solving technical problems he posed himself, Hindemith created a work of considerable imagination. Intellectual achievement and sheer delight in playing are shown not to be mutually exclusive. The Ludus is a graphic example of the composer's delight in the fantastic. He illustrated the work with colored pencil, drawing a lion for each entry of the subject of the fugues. And for each of the twelve, a different kind of lion according to the character of the music, providing an instructive formal analysis of the music.

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