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Ludus Tonalis (1942)

Studies in Counterpoint, Tonal Organization and Piano Playing

By Paul Hindemith

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

Item Number: 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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  • 3

    Location:
    Williamstown, MA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • March 03, 2012 Dry and wonderful

    Most of the liner notes and newspaper reviews focus on Hindemith’s harmonic theory, which is embodied in the sequences of fugues, and on the piece’s technical accomplishments. It is an extended response to Bach's WTC. (See Gabriela Vlahopol’s essay “Baroque Reflections in Ludus Tonalis by Paul...

    Hindemith,� available on the internet.) But Hindemith was very interested in the pleasure of playing, and almost all of this is easy to learn. It's also a textbook of the fugue. It is often inexpressive and dry, but that is part of Hindemith's mode.

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    Location:
    New Zealand
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • December 11, 2011 "Ludus Tonalis" by Hindemith

    This appears to be the only publication available for "Ludus Tonalis". I have yet to begin teaching with it but the presentation appears to be clear and easy to read.

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  • 5

    Location:
    Arizona
    Difficulty Level:
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  • June 16, 2008 An homage to J S Bach

    Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis is one of the monuments of 20th Century Modernism, and a conscious homage to Bach and the great traditions of German high musical culture. "Difficult" music today in an era of dumbed-down eclecticism, but these masterpieces have a way of surfacing again --as did Bach...

    !-- when the times again become worthy of them.

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