Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What connects an autographed Hindemith score with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland?

RCS Archives & Collections Object of the Month

April’s object of the month is a copy of Paul Hindemith’s Wir Bauen eine Stadt (1930), songs
composed for children and given its world premiere in Glasgow in November 1930.  Our archive contains the score used by pianist and composer Erik Chisholm (a former student of the Conservatoire) who accompanied the Orpheus Junior Choir (now the Phoenix Choir).  The composer himself performed a number of sonatas with Chisholm earlier in the evening; his dedication in the score reads: ‘with hearty thanks for the beautiful introduction to Glasgow’ – Paul Hindemith Nov. 30 [1930]. 

RCS Archives & Collections are indebted to Director of Music Gordon Munro who found the score at the back of an old filing cabinet in the Conservatoire earlier this month.  

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