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Hans Keller and the anti-competition

Hans Keller was implacably opposed to the concept of competition in music, maintaining that whilst it was something one could associate with sport, the arts were for communication, not competition. Nonetheless, he sat on many competition juries and judging panels, … Continue reading

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Berlioz 150

Now that the Hans Keller centenary is over, my lovely colleagues here at the UL were very concerned that I might be at a loose end. “I know,” they said “SW is a Berlioz fan isn’t she? We’ll ask her … Continue reading

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Hans Keller 100: the view from Another Place

Hans Keller and Haydn were sitting together in the Ambrosia Café in Another Place enjoying a cup of Viennese coffee and a gossip. “Happy Birthday old man”, said Haydn pushing a roughly-wrapped package across the table, “this is for you”. … Continue reading

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Hans Keller 100: a full score of events.

“If there is any point in an anniversary at all (victimization by over-exposure apart) it is a momentary pause: we stop at the traffic lights to reflect, for a moment, upon where we are going. Or rather, we know where … Continue reading

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The Keller Bradshaw letters: a new way of communicating?

I can’t remember when I have enjoyed reading a series of letters quite so much as those between Hans Keller and Susan Bradshaw (although perhaps those between Keller and Robbins Landon in the 1950s run a close second). The meeting … Continue reading

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Black Bear Music Club Autumn Season 1789 now open for booking

As the summer of 1789 gives way to autumn gales and the good folk of Cambridge settle into the Michaelmas Term, their collective eye may well have been caught by a little announcement in the Cambridge Chronicle which might have … Continue reading

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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Here in the Hans Keller archive there are several boxes of unpublished articles spanning the whole of Keller’s writing career.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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