A German composer whose style combined neo-classicism with modern harmonic conventions and jazz elements. Hindemith
's works include opera (Mathis der Maler, 1935), ballet, orchestral, choral, and chamber music. Although idealizing an aesthetic of use over beauty (Gebrauchmusik) as a younger man, Hindemith
's best-known works are appreciated for their warmth, rich, even opulent orchestral colors and gestures, a unique multi-rhythmic sense, and flowing, rapid polyphony.