A waist-length portrait of the composer standing with his viola and bow, inscribed on the mount "Dem altbewährten und in allen Sätteln gerechten Musicpub Paul Hindemith" and signed and dated April 37 by Hindemith in ink; also signed by the photographer, in pencil, at lower right corner of mat. Overall size 253 x 304 mm; image size 203 x 252 mm.
Photograph very slightly worn; edges of mat slightly worn and browned.
Hindemith had just emigrated to the United States when he signed this photograph. "Associated Music Publishers, whom Hindemith called AMP or Pub, had their office on West 45th Street [in New York], opposite the Seymour Hotel where Hindemith was staying." Geoffrey Skelton in Selected Letters of Paul Hindemith, p. 97.
"The foremost German composer of his generation, [Hindemith] was a figure central to both music composition and musical thought during the inter-war years." Giselher Schubert in Grove Music Online.
Schaal (1905-1994), a German photographer, "went into exile in the USA in 1936 and became a professional photographer in New York. He worked for the Pix photo agency and the magazines Time and Life portraying numerous artists and academics." Arts in Exile online. Item #27133
Price: $600.00 other currencies