Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat: Exploring The Harmonic Wedge
This research provides a conductor’s analysis of the harmonic structure of Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B flat. The author’s methodological approach uses the harmonic guidelines as outlined by Hindemith in his Craft of Musical Composition, Book 1 to assess the structure of the symphony’s harmonies. Beginning with the overtone series, Hindemith’s harmonic guidelines establish the basis for Series I and Series II. The first series displays the melodic relationship between pitches, while the second while the second series outlines the harmonic relationship between pitches. These two series are used in combination to create the framework for Hindemith’s harmonic language throughout his Symphony in Bflat. This paper presents Hindemith’s use of the harmonic language through a harmonic wedge, integrated throughout the composition at micro and macro levels. The author argues that the harmonic wedge, a device used throughout the composition, functions as a unifying element within each movement of the symphony.
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