||Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was one of the most representative German composers during World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945). In 1947, he composed the “Concerto for clarinet in A and orchestra (1947)” in Switzerland and dedicated it to a famous American clarinetist - Benny Goodman (1909-1986). This piece was premiered in 1950 by Benny Goodman with the Philadelphia Philharmonic. Although the whole life of Paul Hindemith was influenced by political concerns and wars, he roamed in between some European countries and the U.S., he was still devoted in performances, education and composition. In addition, he was even known as a conductor in his later years. Therefore, Hindemith composed and thought about his music from various aspects, which in return enriched the depth and diversity of his works.|
“Concerto for clarinet in A and orchestra (1947)” is one of the only two solo concertos for wind instruments by Hindemith. The other concerto was customized for a famous British horn player - Dennis Brain (1921-1957). The all concertos for wind instrument were composed around 1947 to 1950, which was also the heyday of Hindemith’s composition. Hence, in this “Concerto for clarinet in A and orchestra (1947)”, you could discover and explore the special characteristics of his composition style.
The dissertation is divided into three sections, including the background and the musical style of Hindemith; the background of his composition and the analysis of “Concerto for clarinet in A and orchestra (1947)”, including the musical structure and the elements from the theme; and the performance recommendation and the comparison between the two different recordings.