Paul Hindemith did not experiment with 12-tone or serial style, which ran rampant in most musical circles during the first half of the 20th Century. He developed his own style of composition and stuck to it with amazing success. He was a musical genius with enemies on all sides. Labeled by the avant-garde musical community as a conservative and marked as a degenerate by Hitler’s Nazi regime, he fled Germany in 1938 and eventually moved to America in 1940, saving his life and that of his Jewish wife.

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