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DU Dedication of the Paul Hindemith Collection Scheduled for Wednesday

A collection of more than 100 items owned by German-American composer Paul Hindemith, including personal letters, rare photographs, sketches, program, autographed books and other items, will be dedicated at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library.

Hindemith (1895-1963) was one of the leading composers of his era and an important music theorist. The collection was bequeathed to Duquesne by Phyllis Flick, a close friend of the composer and his wife. Flick met Hindemith in the 1930s, when the composer and his Jewish wife fled Nazi Germany after his works were pronounced “degenerate” art.

Flick was also a close friend of Carolyn Bruno Shankovich and Dr. Robert Shankovich, chair of musicianship in the Mary Pappert School of Music. This professional and personal relationship was key to bringing the Hindemith items to Duquesne.

University Archivist Thomas White and Dr. Shankovich will discuss the importance of the collection to scholars and musicians.

Other speakers will include:

  • University President Charles J. Dougherty
  • University Provost Ralph Pearson
  • Dean Edward Kocher, Mary Pappert School of Music
  • University Librarian Laverna Saunders
  • Music Librarian Terra Mobley

Faculty and staff of the Mary Pappert School of Music also will be present.

The Hindemith collection will be housed in Gumberg Library’s Archives and Special Collections department.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gumberg Library, First Floor, Archives and Special Collections Area

NOTE: Media interested in attending, please contact Public Affairs to arrange for parking validation.

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