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 Johanna Gertrude “Gertrud” <I>Rottenberg</I> Hindemith

Johanna Gertrude “Gertrud” Rottenberg Hindemith

Death 13 Mar 1967 (aged 66)
Burial La Chiésaz, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
Memorial ID 143870196 · View Source
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Wife of the composer Paul Hindemith.

On 15 May 1924, Johanna Gertrude Rottenberg, called Gertrud, married Paul Hindemith. The witnesses were the artistic director of the Frankfurt Radio, Dr. Hans Flesch, who was married to Gertrud's elder sister Gabriele, and the painter Rudolf Heinisch.

Gertrud was the daughter of the principal conductor of the Frankfurt Opera, Ludwig Rottenberg, under whom Hindemith served as concertmaster. Gertrud's mother was from the respected family of the Frankfurt mayor Franz Adickes. Gertrud attended school in Frankfurt and Paris, receiving training as a singer and actress. She participated in performances in Mainz and Heilbronn, and also took on roles in film productions. Her career faltered, however, due to stage fright; Gertrud's stage appearances after her marriage were therefore limited to ensemble and choral performances.

Gertrud und Paul, whose marriage remained childless, made a great deal of music together and gave house music evenings for which Hindemith wrote small pieces. Gertrud played the cello especially often on these occasions.

After Hindemith's death in December 1963, Gertrud began organising his estate in order to prepare a Hindemith Archive. She died on 13 March 1967 and was interred next to Paul Hindemith near their final residence near Blonay in St. Légier.

Hindemith drew Gertrud in countless caricatures, represented as a lioness in accordance with her Zodiacal sign. This can be found in letters to her and in several scores. At the villa La Chance, the last residence of the Hindemiths in Blonay, the lion even adorns the house walls and a garden hut. Hindemith dedicated several works to Gertrud: Kammermusik No.4, songs with piano accompaniment to texts of Angelus Silesius, the Serenades and Das Unaufhörliche.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Johanna Gertrude “Gertrud” Rottenberg Hindemith (2 Aug 1900–13 Mar 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143870196, citing Cimetière La Chiésaz, La Chiésaz, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland ; Maintained by Terry Ellen (Todd) Ferl (contributor 47880583) .