HINDEMITH, PAUL. (1895-1963). German composer and one of the outstanding figures in 20th-century music theory and composition. ALS. (“Paul Hindemith”). ½p. 4to. Carqueiranne, August 23, 1926. To the well-known Swiss pianist and Bern Conservatory teacher FRANZ JOSEF HIRT (1899-1985). In German with translation.
“Everything is moving a little slowly: I did not receive your letter until just yesterday, and then my mother wrote and told me of the exchange of telegrams you had with my brother. I understand you offered 600frs. to play in the quartet, and my brother, who really knows nothing about this whole affair, demanded 800. Judging by your letter, I assume that that is too high, so let us leave it at 600. By German standards that is quite low, but I know the situation in Switzerland, especially as concerns new music. I will be here until early September, and then I will be in Switzerland for a while, probably around Zermatt. If I could meet you in Bern on my return trip, we could decide on the program. By the way we happened to meet your brother recently in Arles…”