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Luther 500: some musical aspects

Today, Friday 10th November is Martin Luther’s 534th birthday and last week marked the 500th anniversary of the day he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, precipitating what David Starkey in his BBC programme … Continue reading

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Cads, bounders and unbecoming women in opera and song: episode one

Our latest exhibition at the UL Music Department, launched this week, explores the darker side of opera and song. We begin our mini-series of exhibition-related posts with a look at some of opera’s less-than-delightful characters. Villains abound – think of … Continue reading

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Songs of War: Passchendaele 1917

This month, the University Library entrance hall display cases feature Basil Godfrey Quin, MC whose regiment, the Cambridgeshires, was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as Passchendaele) which took place between July and November 1917 and in … Continue reading

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“At a festival you are bound to enjoy yourself”: Hans Keller at the Edinburgh Festival

Founded by Rudolph Bing, Henry Harvey Wood and Sidney Newman, The Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th birthday this year – to which we at MusiCB3 wish many happy returns! There is an excellent account of the generation of the Festival … Continue reading

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Water Music 300

This month, Handel’s Water Music celebrates its 300th birthday, so we here at MusiCB3 thought we’d take a moment to slip anchor, and go on a little sailing trip for ourselves to see what we might catch. And may I … Continue reading

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Hans Keller and the anti-programme note programme note: a tale in 1231 words

For this post, I am calling in the specialist and allowing him the floor to make his case. Dear reader, I leave you in the capable hands of Hans Keller for the next 1,184 words [with the occasional editorial interjection … Continue reading

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Celebrating Purcell: treasure trove in the Keller Archive

That caught your eye, dear reader, didn’t it? But first, I must come clean to my many delightful Keller followers: this is not about the man himself or indeed his insights into Purcell (not that I’m aware he had any). … Continue reading

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