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From the back row of the stalls: Hans Keller and film music

“In its relation to its audiences, film music is the most disquieting problem child of contemporary art (the stress being not only on ‘problem’, but also on ‘child’).” So begins an unpublished article written by Hans Keller in August 1947 … Continue reading

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Cambridge Professors of Music, 1684 – 1821

This week, we are launching an exhibition covering the first five Professors of Music here in Cambridge, so a little background seemed in order. The first Bachelor of Music degree in Cambridge was awarded to Henry Abyngdon in 1463, but … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: 2017 anniversaries from ballet to jazz via a rocket.

But first, may I on behalf of us all here at MusiCB3 wish all our readers a safe, happy and fulfilling 2017.  We will be here each week as always with a few words to delight and divert, exploring the … Continue reading

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Hans Keller, Haydn and Marion Scott

Bear with me, gentle reader – there is a connection…somewhere… I have just spent most of a day reassembling the jigsaw of the manuscript of Hans Keller‘s book The Great Haydn Quartets [M668.c.95.53] – no easy task when one’s knowledge of the … Continue reading

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“And during the interval, Hans Keller will…”: radio scripts in the Keller Archive

By the time of his retirement in March 1979, Hans Keller had become one of the most experienced radio broadcasters and talks producers of his generation. Not only had he delivered a prodigious number of talks for the BBC, but … Continue reading

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To Celebrate, to Commemorate: Sir Neville Marriner

We were all very saddened at MusiCB3 to learn of the death of Sir Neville Marriner on 2nd October. He has been an integral and vibrant part of musical life not just in the UK, but globally for well over … Continue reading

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John Scarborough’s night at the Black Bear Inn

It’s nearly a year since we spent an evening with our friends at the Black Bear Inn here in Cambridge: high time to drop in on them once again. Let’s see what they were up to back in April 1789. … Continue reading

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