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1695 - Henry Purcell,  English composer, died
at age 36. Buried near his organ at Westminster Abby.


1863 - Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and teacher, died in Vienna.

1868 - Composer Rossini was buried in Paris, at Père Lachaise cemetery among graves of Chopin, Bellini and Cherubini, with funeral music on Adolphe Sax's saxophone.

1939 - Premiere of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6.

1945 - Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2 in C premiered.  It was played by the Zorian Quartet.

1954 - Karol Rathaus, German composer, died.

1959 - Performer Jack Benny (violin) &  U.S. President Richard Nixon (piano) played a duet on The Jack Benny Show.

1960 - Stewart Wallace, American composer, was born.  Has written for such instruments as bagpipes and toy piano.

1970 - The Partridge Family started a 3 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with I Think I Love You.

1985 - Debut of Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with New York Philharmonic. He played Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and, with Philip Smith, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets.
Hindemith entered the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt in 1908 and completed his studies in 1917.  While attending classes at the Conservatory, he made his early living playing violin. By the time he was twenty he was already concertmaster of the Frankfurt Opera.  He remained with the Opera until 1923.

At the same time that he was leading the orchestra playing the violin, Hindemith was the violist in the Amar-Hindemith Quartet (1921-1929), as well as doing solo viola work as evidenced by the fact that he gave the first performance of Walton's Viola Concerto in 1929.

During this same period he wrote much of his chamber music.  Je was also active writing lieder and operas.  Starting in 1927 he taught at the Berlin Musikhochschule.

His music was progressive, and harmonies and rhythms were considered quite modern.  Beginning in the 1930's, as the National Socialist Party came to power, he began to write more for symphony orchestras, and his work became "smoother," but the Nazi Party still objected to his work.  Hindemith left Germany in 1938.

Hindemith moved to the United States.  He continued his composing, but became a professor at Yale University, where he taught from 1940 to 1953.  Hindemith spent the last 10 years of his life in Switzerland, but died in Frankfurt, December 28, 1963.

Hindemith's work includes concertos (for violin, cello, piano, clarinet and horn) and other orchestral works, as well as sonatas for most of the standard instruments.
Paul Hindemith
1895-1963
November 21, 1941 marked the premiere of Paul Hindemith's Symphony in E flat, played by the  Minneapolis Symphony.

Paul Hindemith was born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany, November 16, 1895.  He began music studies early, and was already an accomplished violinist by the time he turned 11, when he ran away from home to become a musician.
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The Partridge Family is mentioned below.  Their TV show about a family band was a big hit.  Can You Guess what instrument Danny Bonaduce played?

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Hindemith Symphony in E-Flat Major
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Did You Guess?
Trick Question.  According to several sources, the only member of the band who could really play any instrument was Keith, played by David Cassidy.
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