The Temptation of Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler as a Spiritual Testimony

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"In the 1930s, Paul Hindemith, then Germany's foremost composer, found himself torn between three forces. The Nazi government demanded that he write music glorifying the Third Reich...friends and colleagues urged that he use his influence and speak up against the immorality of German politics, while his own deepest wish was to live exclusively for his art--to compose, perform and teach. In the midst of this dilemma, which eventually led to his emigration, Hindemith composed his opera Mathis der Maler." -Siglind Bruhn [Introduction]

This book was originally published by Pendragon Press in 1998.

Table of Contents

Part I: The "Hermit's Plight" in Three Parallel Lives
The Ascetic, Saint Antony of Egypt
The Painter, "Master Mathis"
The Composer, Paul Hindemith
Part II: The "Hermit's Plight" in the Arts
Hermits, Anchorites, Ascetics
The Temptation of Saint Antony in Literature, Art, and Music
The Isenheim Altarpiece of "Master Mathis"
Part III: Hindemith's Opera Mathis Der Maler
Hindemith's Libretto and its Interpretation of Mathis and Antony
Brief Analysis of Form and Material in the Opera Mathis der Maler
Hindemith's Musical Realization of the Core Dilemma
Conclusion: Vindication by Proxy

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