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Classical notes

Nix Ensemble explores the humor of Hindemith

A trio for viola, piano, and heckelphone.

It sounds like the punch line of a joke, or perhaps something out of Dr. Seuss. But the heckelphone is a real instrument (a woodwind, a distant cousin to the oboe) and the trio a real piece, written in 1928 by the composer Paul Hindemith. Perhaps not surprisingly, concert performances are infrequent.

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