Paul Hindemith's Suite 1922: Influences of Jazz and Baroque Styles, and his Embryonic Compositional System
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AbstractThis document examines Paul Hindemith's piano work, Suite 1922, op. 26, (1922) a work that is seldom played and studied among pianists. My study explores two broad questions: first, how and for what purpose are traditional Baroque models and jazz idioms included in Hindemith's Suite 1922; and second, can one analyze portions of the suite according to the process and principles found in Hindemith's compositional system? While this system was not fully outlined by Hindemith until 1937, the author examines to what extent specific elements of his emerging theory are to be found throughout Suite 1922. The first two chapters are dedicated to an overview of Hindemith's life and music. Chapter III investigates the origins of the individual movements of Suite 1922 and provides a structural analysis for each. Chapter IV examines the jazz and Baroque features found in Suite 1922. In this chapter, the author identifies the main elements drawn from both styles: blues harmonies, extended triads, syncopations and rhythmic devices from jazz; and formal aspects, dance suite order and affects from the Baroque. Chapter V presents Hindemith's mature compositional system in a concise format and applies selected aspects of this innovative system to the suite. Hindemith's six levels of analysis and unifying principles are the primary tools applied to this analysis. This study provides new insights into one of Hindemith's more fascinating works to further enhance the understanding of his music for pianists, scholars, and composers alike.
Degree ProgramGraduate College