Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Morphing Weber

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Paul Hindemith 1923

In 1938, composer Paul Hindemith fled Nazi Germany and later came to the U.S. One of his first projects here was to write a ballet based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Weber's tunes were charming but insubstantial. But Hindemith took that music of limited possibilities and turned it into something spectacular. His "Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber" is in today's show, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.