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

The third and final restatement of the subject in full occurs on the tonal centre of F. The ascending major second occurs four times in the lower voice and two times in the upper voicethe descending minor third occurs five times in the upper voiceand the descending minor second occurs two times in the upper voice and tonali times in the lower voiceand tonalus descending major second occurs two times in the upper voice and two times in the lower voice.

Many of the cadences evolve out of melodic and rhythmic relaxations rather than out analydis harmonic progressions. This new attitude of the mature Hindemith poses a marked contrast to his iconoclasm of the ‘s. He believed that composers should not only compose but perform, conduct, write about music, and teach in order to be fulfilled as complete 15 musicians. See Appendix I for “Series Two.

The majority of the subjects range between an 15 octave and a major tenth. This interpretation could be tonlis in playing the second and fifth fugues and the third, seventh, and tenth interludes. It also lists the voices in which each 25 successive entry appears.


Variety is achieved through alternation and juxtaposition of numerous keyboard touches. Occasionally, he may use irregular divisions of the analysix or displacement of accent Examples 21 and 22but more generally the music has a motoric current which is rarely interrupted except at cadence points or 33 significant entries.

Hindemith was also a member of the Rebner Quartet fromand he founded the Amar Quartet in The lack ofpedal directions could indicate that Hindemith preferred a more focused, pure tone ajalysis, but this does not rule out the possibility of gaining warmth and expression through pedaling.

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Hindemith, “Ludus Tonalis” (1942)

According to Hindemith, “Neither [melody nor harmony is strong enough to stand alone. While some of the interludes Nos.

The symmetry of musical patterns and phrases is typical of the whole formal development of the Ludus Tonal is. The root occurs alone seven times; the root plus third, five times; and the root plus fifth, three times. It will also bring the listener’s attention to the similar motivic elements on which the entire section is based.

Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. These theoretical ideas would exert a powerful influence on succeeding 13 compositions by Hindemith.

Ludus Tonalis – Wikipedia

I and II 1 Enunciation Exposition or Combination of the first subject and a modified form of the second subject. Hindemith often writes motive beginnings that are obviously identifiable aurally because of distinctive rhythmic patterns and interval structure.

In some of the pieces it is more difficult to determine the chord structure because of the lack of concurrence of voices. The overall form of the L. However it can be found in: At most they require some careful, slow counting procedures, as he tends to interpolate thirty-second and sixty-fourth notes, especially on the off-beat, between eighth or quarter notes 53 in one voice as follows; Ex.


An analysis of the twelve fugues of Ludus Tonalis by Paul Hindemith (Book, ) []

As the series moves toward seconds and sevenths, the feeling for a tonal centre diminishes in favor of the melodic strength of step-wise motion. Example 13 the root with the perfect fourth and perfect fifth; the minor seventh with the perfect fifth; the minor seventh with minor third; the major seventh with major third; and the major ninth with major third. In certain sections of some pieces, the musical structure 51 Ex. This title can be misleading if translated directly into English as “utility music.

The physical technical problems of the work do not pose a great barrier to the performer. SUMMARY The present study began by tracing in synoptic fashion Hindemith’s early career and the evolution of his musical thought and style toward more systematic organization of all elements, culminating in the highly structured musical architecture of the Ludus Tonal is. However, at the same time and in the alternate hand, he leaves the last two eighth notes of each measure unmarked.

Example 27 is from Interlude No. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.