Omega Ensemble announces the release of Paul Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24 No. 2 on ABC Classic, available on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.
Composed in 1922, Kleine Kammermusik is the second work in Hindemith’s Kammermusik (‘chamber music’) series. Written for wind quintet, it is perhaps the only true chamber-scale work in the series, with the subsequent six works written for large ensembles and marked as ‘concertos’.
Kleine Kammermusik is most notable as one of the first examples of Hindemith’s new ‘impersonal’ approach to harmony. While invoking the outdoor wind divertimentos of the 18th century, the work also rejects the ‘indulgence’ of 19th century expressionism. At its premiere, it was a thrilling departure from anything heard before.