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HINDEMITH, Paul (1895-1963). Autograph music manuscript signed ('Paul Hindemith') and dated, [Donau]Eschingen, 17 February 1927, 'Solo für Nagel-Geige', 29 bars marked 'Presto mit Dämpfer' on 1½ pages, oblong 4to (130 x 165mm), (yellowed, traces of mount).
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HINDEMITH, Paul (1895-1963). Autograph music manuscript signed ('Paul Hindemith') and dated, [Donau]Eschingen, 17 February 1927, 'Solo für Nagel-Geige', 29 bars marked 'Presto mit Dämpfer' on 1½ pages, oblong 4to (130 x 165mm), (yellowed, traces of mount).

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HINDEMITH, Paul (1895-1963). Autograph music manuscript signed ('Paul Hindemith') and dated, [Donau]Eschingen, 17 February 1927, 'Solo für Nagel-Geige', 29 bars marked 'Presto mit Dämpfer' on 1½ pages, oblong 4to (130 x 165mm), (yellowed, traces of mount).

AN APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED VIRTUOSIC MINIATURE FOR AN UNUSUAL INSTRUMENT: the 'nail violin' in which nails placed in a semi-circular arrangement around a wooden sound board are played using a bow was invented in 1740 by Johann Wilde; Hindemith may well have seen the improved version, using two superimposed sound-chests, in the collection of the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where later in 1927, the year of this manuscript, he took up a post as professor of composition. The piece is an appealing example of Hindemith's eclecticism and sense of humour.
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