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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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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 So begins an unpublished article written by Hans Keller in August 1947 … Continue reading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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