The Temptation of Paul Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler As a Spiritual Testimony

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This ground-breaking interdisciplinary study of Paul Hindemith's important opera Mathis der Maler draws together the three major sources that inspired the composition. Siglind Bruhn shows that only a recognition of the significant parallel in the lives of the composer, the Renaissance painter Grünewald on whom the operatic Mathis is modeled, and the main character depicted in Grünewald's masterpiece, Saint Antony, will open the doors to a full understanding of the composer's musical testimony. Bruhn begins by exploring the significance of the historical Antony within the spiritual and artistic traditions. Based on the interpretations of art historians and theologians, she then presents a fascinating reading of Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece and its singular importance for the opera. Turning to the opera itself, she examines the libretto as a symbolic representation of the dilemma in the lives of Grünewald and Hindemith and, finally and prominently, she interprets the music against the background of the spiritual plight that drives the plot.

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Siglind Bruhn, born in Hamburg, Germany and with a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria, is a musicologist, concert pianist, and interdisciplinary scholar. A full-time researcher, she has been affiliated with the University of Michigan s Institute for the Humanities since 1993 while also collaborating with research units in Strasbourg, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. She is the author of more than twenty book-length monographs, primarily in the field of 20th-century music and its relationship to literature, art, and religion. Her most recent publications in English include a book trilogy on Olivier Messiaen s musico-symbolic language and a study of Swiss composer Frank Martin s musical reflection on Death. In 2001 she was elected to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linnaeus University, Sweden.

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