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From the Editor’s spike: Hans Keller and Haydn’s 250th anniversary

Here in the Hans Keller archive there are several boxes of unpublished articles spanning the whole of Keller’s writing career. The flow of ideas was unstoppable and clearly outstripped the speed at which editors and typesetters could keep up. Doing … Continue reading

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Creating a general impression: Debussy and “L’Après-midi d’un Faune”

The opening four bars of Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune mustsurely be one of the most iconic in the entire classical repertoire – up there with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Prelude to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The languor and sensuousness … Continue reading

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L’après-midi de Monsieur Croche: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

This year marks the centenary of the death of Achille-Claude Debussy, and to mark the occasion we have arranged an exhibition in the Music Department which runs until October Born in St. Germain-en-Laye to Manuel-Achille Debussy and his wife Victorine, … Continue reading

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“…not ‘just’ a great composer…” Hans Keller and Beethoven

“… here is, not ‘just’ a great composer, but one of the most towering minds in the history of culture and civilization – humanity has not, in demonstrable fact, thrown up anything greater …”  So writes Hans Keller in his … Continue reading

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Hans Keller as composition coach: Elisabetta Brusa reflects

Coaching and mentoring, whether it was string quartets, individual instrumentalists, analysis students or young composers, was central to Hans Keller’s life. His over-riding aim always was to make himself redundant by helping his students to find and trust their own … Continue reading

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“A Sensible New Year’s Present”: advertisements in the St James’s Hall Saturday Popular Concerts programmes.

This week, I have been hopelessly distracted – and not just by the Keller Archive. Whilst searching through some of our St James’s Hall programmes for a reader, I found myself more absorbed by the delightful advertisements than the information … Continue reading

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The Eclecticism of…Hans Keller’s Library*

“Goodness”, I thought to myself as I was wrestling the books in Hans Keller’s library into something resembling a coherent order with which I could work, “this is an eclectic collection”. But then I though – actually, SW, so is … Continue reading

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