Music: Hindemith in Washington

To German Nazis he is merely a "noise maker" and his U. S. patroness is almost stone deaf. Nevertheless, Paul Hindemith is a god to many a musical modern and his U. S. debut in Washington. D. C. last week—at Patroness Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge's eighth festival of Chamber music in the hall of the Library of Con-gress—was an event of first importance.

The festival lasted three days, of which one whole morning was devoted to Hindemith's less complicated works, with the composer on the viola. People were impressed by the assurance with which...