Elementary Training for Musicians, by Paul Hindemith
Published by Schott. Paperback, 237 pages
Originally published in the 1940s, Paul Hindemith's remarkable textbooks are still the outstanding works of their kind. In contrast to many musical textbooks written by academic musicians, these were produced by a man who could play every instrument of the orchestra, could compose a satisfying piece for almost any kind of ensemble, and who was one of the most stimulating teachers of his day. It is therefore not surpising that today these books should remain essential reading for the student and professional musicians. ''Elementary Training for Musicians'' contains instruction and exercises for learning the most foundational musical knowledge, from rhythm and meter to melody and harmony.