(English: 'useful music')
Music term coined by Paul Hindemith
in the 1920s. Roughly it means 'Music which
serves the purpose', especially in a social or educational way. As a reaction to
music, the proponents of Gebrauchsmusik, led by Hindemith and Weill
influenced by the Bauhaus movement and the poet Bertolt Brecht
), started composing music that could
be played by anyone and should appeal to widest possible audience.
Gebrauchsmusik ranged from songs, marches, radioplays, 'Lehrstucke
' to complete
theatre works (most notably, The Threepenny Opera
Especially new technologies like radio
factors in the popularity of Gebrauchsmusik.
After the war most of its ideas where picked up by composers in former
and mainly used in utilitarian music