Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1930. First edition. Hardcover. Inscription dated "Sommer 1931" and signed Willi (Heinisch), in beautiful calligraphic handwriting on inside front cover. Quarto. 23 (1)pp. Original red quarter-cloth over color illustrated boards with black lettering on cover and paper label of spine. Illustrated title page. Contains Hindemith score with lyrics by Robert Seitz with nine impressive full page illustrations by Rudolf Wilhelm Heinisch, plus title page illustration.
"We're Building A City" is a game for children with an introduction by Paul Hindemith, suggesting the game may be played in various forms, and is not required to be played in the order it is presented. It puts no limits on the number of participants, except for a minimum of three orchestra musicians though not defining the instruments necessary. The score may be used for the piano with slight alterations. The lively and humorous lyrics accompanying the score describe the building of the city as well as the life in it.
Text in German. Light wear along edges with light staining on back cover, lightly rubbed. Lower part of paper label on spine missing, remains partially faded. Lightly starting at inside back cover. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #44647
Rudolf Heinisch (1896–1956) was a German painter, graphic and set designer. Coming from Expressionistic roots his work is attributed to the era of New Objectivity. A close friend of Paul Hindemith, both lived in Berlin until the Hindemith family emigrated in 1938. Without perspective of work during the Nazi reign Heinisch worked as a press artist for Ullstein publisher's during the Third Reich. Four of his paintings, three watercolors and ten graphic designs were included in the infamous Nazi exhibition "Degenerate Art" in Hamburg, Berlin and Nürnberg.
Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) was a German compose, violinist, conductor and major advocate of the New Objectivity style of music. His relation to the Nazi regime was complicated. Denounced by some as "degenerate," other Nazi officials saw Hindemith as a candidate to provide the Nazis with an example of a modern composer. In 1938 Hindemith emigrated to Switzerland and in 1940 to the USA where he taught primarily at Yale University. He became an American citizen in 1946 but returned to Zurich in 1953 and taught at the university there until 1957. His most popular work is the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.
Robert Karl Wilhelm Seitz (1891–1938) was a German writer. Educated as a merchant he became involved in the Magdeburg artist and writer scene around 1920 and, after moving to Berlin in 1924, he gave up his office job and became a professional writer in 1928, working for newspapers and magazines publishing stories while working on audio plays and operas for the radio. A volume of his novellas (Bauernland) was successfully published in 1932 and his work "Börshopper Buch" was awarded the Academy Prize in 1934.