Lustige Sinfonietta; Rag Time
By Albrecht and Raidio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. By Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Listening CD. Wergo #WER 60150-50. Published by Wergo (NX.WER-60150-50).
Item Number: NX.WER-60150-50
In his early years, Hindemith confides that he adores Christian Morgenstern's poems, â€œperhaps because he is as crazy as I am, or vice versa.â€ In his â€œLustige Sinfoniettaâ€ Hindemith refers more to the atmosphere of Morgenstern, and in no case does he trace the single poems literally in music. Grotesque musical results arise from an intended discrepancy between the sovereignly mastered musical devices and the expressive content of the music.
â€žRag Time (well-tempered)â€œ is the first work in which a stylized piece of â€žpopularâ€œ modern dance music was directly related to the music of Bach. Bach was here rediscovered as a composer of â€œfunctionalâ€ music, and Hindemith was only too aware of this rediscovery: â€œDo you think Bach is turning in his grave? He wouldn't think of it! If Bach were alive today, perhaps he would invent the shimmy or at least take it over into respectable music. Perhaps he might even also take a theme from the â€˜Well-tempered Klavier' by a composer who might be to him what Bach is to us.â€
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