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Ludi Leonum

Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organization & Piano Playing

By Paul Hindemith

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Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organization & Piano Playing. Composed by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Schott. 63 pages. Schott Music #ED8200. Published by Schott Music (HL.49007848).

Item Number: HL.49007848

ISBN 3795702895. 9.25x12 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 not a dry exercise but a work of considerable imagination. Intellectual achievement and sheer delight in playing are shown not to be mutually exclusive. The Ludus is a graphc example of the composer's delight in the fantastic, offered to his wife, born under the sign of Leo, as a birthday present. He illustrated the work with colored pencil, among other things 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, originally published in a limited edition but providing an instructive formal analysis of the music. Facsimile - German - English - French - Spanish - Japenese language. Full color.

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