CHAPTER I STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS The Work as a Whole Ludus Tonal is is a composite work consisting of twelve three-voice fugues linked by eleven. b – Paul Hindemith – Ludus Tonalis [4], Interlude IV a – J. S. Bach – W. Kl. This study proposes to analyze the main. elements of correlation. Thesis (D. Mus. Arts)–University of Washington, Ludus Tonalis, composed , is one of the best piano works by Hindemith. Although it is not treated as.

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Hindemith prefers the complete tonic triad for the final chord. For example, in Fugue No. Just as Hindemith has allowed the performer considerable latitude in matters of phrasing and dynamics, so has he often left the matter of touch and articulation open to varying interpretations.

Hindemith, “Ludus Tonalis” (1942)

A long, freely conceived transitional bar between the arioso and the final slow section is similar in style to the first three improvisatory bars of the first section. Please enter recipient e-mail address es.

Root lies above the bass tone tic. This gives the music a moving, changing cyclical nature while retaining the closed-ended symmetrical patterns which give it a logical pattern connection. Root lies above the bass tone 3. This new attitude of the mature Hindemith poses a marked contrast to his iconoclasm of the ‘s.

Hindemith follows this theory in the L. Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Are we to lose them or their propensity for music merely because we are unwilling to write music that satisfies their demands?

This recurring use of fifths and fourths often gives the 21 music a stark, archaic, and somewhat objective quality. Concerning the impelling, actuating force of melody, Hindemith felt that “melody sets the sluggish harmonic masses in motion. The texture should be as clear as possible with the pedal used only as a short linking device. Culture and Science, vol. However, in these pieces he has also left many notes without any articulation markings, and these could be considered to be articulated with either a legato or staccato touch.


Clarity of line can be enhanced by dynamic emphasis on specific voices at subject entrances, as well as by subordinating secondary voices through a detached articulation in contrast to a close legato touch for the primary voice. Example 22 could also be treated as an example of motoric rhythm. This title can be misleading if translated directly into English as “utility music. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

Section III contains chords having thirds, seconds and sevenths without the tritone. This knowledge will help the performer to emphasize musical and rhythmic motives as well as give direction to the musical patterns.

An analysis of the twelve fugues of Ludus Tonalis by Paul Hindemith

Please create a new list with a new name; lufus some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. Third exposition section, including stretto meas. The performer may find that some of the tempo indications for the slower pieces are slightly fast, but this is again a matter for personal preferences.

At most they require some careful, slow counting procedures, as he tends to interpolate thirty-second and sixty-fourth lusus, especially on the off-beat, between eighth or quarter notes 53 in one voice as follows; Ex.

It will also bring the listener’s attention to the similar motivic elements on which the entire section is based. This presents a slight discrepancy with Tischler p. If, on the other hand, the phrasing marks are fairly precise or else obvious from musical patternsthe performer can usually discern a fairly unequivocal dynamic solution to a given passage, most often by following the natural tendency to increase in dynamic level See for examples, Interlude No.


However, Hindemith has created a balance between the vocal as in Fugue Nos. Second exposition section, including stretto meas.

Hindemith, “Ludus Tonalis” () – Piano Notes

Please verify that you are not a robot. The importance of pattern recognition and an understanding of the musical relationships among the various patterns can be displayed in an analysis of Fugue No. The right hand must be legato and rhythmically secure but also able to be a bit lazy or hesitating, in a judicious manner, when creating a reflective, introspective moment.

Hindemith feels that “every tonal movement arises from the combined g See also Fugue Nos. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. In addition, Hindemith’s phrases would by no means invariably follow the classic balanced shape of most phrases in music of the “common practice” period.

The physical technical problems of the work do not pose a great barrier to the performer. Hindemith’s style was well defined in Mathis and the work evinces a certain uniformity of sound that characterizes his works tonalid this and later periods.

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It is again likely that luduz felt the bass 25 Tischler states that the order of voice entries in Fugue No. Hindemith very often writes a sequence of parallel harmonic 24 fifths, fourths, and even sevenths without regard for traditional resolutions.

In addition, the basic motion of most voices is upward to this most intense point in the phrase. Dissonance is often unresolved by traditional means. Inversion of the subject occurs in Fugue Nos.