Unterweisung im Tonsatz (Hindemith, Paul)

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Editor Andres Briner (1923-2014)
P. Daniel Meier
Alfred Rubeli (1927-)
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, No.5205, 1970. Plate 41924.
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Work Title Unterweisung im Tonsatz
Alternative. Title The Craft of Musical Composition
Composer Hindemith, Paul
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 volumes
I. Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Theoretischer Teil [Craft I] (German)
  • The Craft of Musical Composition: Theoretical Part (English)
II. Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Übungsbuch für den zweistimmigen Satz [Craft II] (German)
  • The Craft of Musical Composition: Exercises in Two-part Writing (English)
III. Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Übungsbuch für den dreistimmigen Satz [Craft III] (German)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1935 (December) -1937 (June) (Theoretischer Teil [Craft I])
1938 (September) - 1939 (January), Bluche with final modifications while sailing to the United States in Feburary 1939. (Übungsbuch für den zweistimmigen Satz [Craft II])
1940 (Begun), 1942 (March), 1945 (Übungsbuch für den dreistimmigen Satz [Craft III])
First Publication. 1937 (Theoretischer Teil [Craft I])
1939 (Übungsbuch für den zweistimmigen Satz [Craft II])
1970 (Übungsbuch für den dreistimmigen Satz [Craft III])
Librettist Various editors and translators
  • Arthur Mendel (1905-1979) (English Translator [Craft I])
  • Otto Ortmann (English Translator [Craft II])
  • Übungsbuch für den dreistimmigen Satz [Craft III]
Andres Briner (1923-2014)
P. Daniel Meier
Alfred Rubeli (1927-)
  • John Barnes Colman (English Translator [Craft III]), announced but never published)
Language German, English (translation)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
External Links Hindemith Foundation (under Theoretical Literature - Books)

Misc. Comments

  • Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Theoretischer Teil [Craft I]
- The first volume went through multiple drafts before its publication in 1937; see Schubert (item 394) for details. The second German edition (1940) is considerably expanded, especially in terms of speculative content. English translation (Arthur Mendel): The Craft of Musical Composition: Theoretical Part. New York: Associated Music Publishers, 1942. All editions of the English translation are based on the second German version; there are minor variants between English editions (e.g., all since at least 1945 have corrected equal-temperament values in the "Derivation of the Tones from C" chart [see Chromatische Tonleiter above for details]). French translation of chapter 3, sections 10-12 (chordal analysis and chord groups), and chapter 6 (the musical analyses in Paul Hindemith (Ostinato rigore) (item 108), pp.101-114 and 115-134, respectively.
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
  • Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Übungsbuch für den zweistimmigen Satz [Craft II]
- Apparently published before the English translation of Craft I (see a letter from Hindemith to Hans Boettcher of 25 March 1941, reproduced in item 134, p.211).
- (English Translation done by Otto Ortmann as The Craft of Musical Composition: Exercises in Two-part Writing. New York, Associated Music Publishers, 1941.)
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide
  • Unterweisung im Tonsatz. Übungsbuch für den dreistimmigen Satz [Craft III]
- As with the revision of Das Marienleben, Hindemith considered this work complete at a number of times; unlike the song cycle, however, he was never happy enough with it to allow its publication. One of his work lists notes that it was finished at the end of March 1942, and follows this with the rueful note: "Wieder geändert" (changed again. According to the preface of the published edition, a first version was completed in 1945. Luther Noss (item 238, p.133) reports that another version resulted from extensive work in 1949, and according to Hindemith's Work lists was completed on 14 July of that year (see Neumeyer, item 602, p.28). Yet another version was wokred out in the early 1950s during Hindemith's tenure at the University of Zurich (Craft III preface, p.8).
- A rejected "19. Übung" appears in the Briner biography (item 38, pp.323-338); Briner notes that Hindemith distributed it to his Zürich students in 1951 as a preparatory chapter for a theory of rhythm and form. A "21. Übung" discussing four part writing exists in manuscript at the Hindemith Institute and in copy at the Yale Hindemith Collection; Neyermeyer (item 602, p.21) refers to this as a chapter for a planned Craft IV. There are at least two distinct printings of the work; the earliest printing reproduces bars 7-10 of ex.5 (p.212) before bars 4-6 (se Slatin (item 416), p.147). An English translation by John Barnes Colman was announced but never published.
-Paul Hindemith: A Research and Information Guide