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Canzonette veneziane

Last October the second hand and antiquarian music dealer Travis & Emery circulated their occasional antiquarian music catalogue Sarum no. 58. One item caught my eye because in the last year or so I had updated the online records for … Continue reading

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The Golden Book of C.U.M.C

When the Cambridge Libraries Digitisation Competition 2018 was advertised I immediately thought about the C.U.M.C Golden Book, a notebook containing signatures and short musical quotations of famous musicians, composers and musicologists. Many of them came to Cambridge for significant musical events or … Continue reading

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Song writing for beginners

Included in a batch of recent antiquarian additions to the Music Department here at the UL is a fascinating volume entitled The Melographicon (MR574.c.80.15). Published in 1826, The Melographicon claims to be “An entirely new and highly amusing musical work, by which an … 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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Musical maps

A conversation with a reader the other day about street pianos led to me stumbling across this. Mapping the ‘Play me, I’m yours‘ street piano project, the site records the locations of street pianos past and present. It is also … 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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I opened a box…

As has previously been mentioned on MusiCB3, my colleague Susi has, until relatively recently, been busy cataloguing some of the many concert programmes that we hold here at the UL. Those catalogued so far can be found on the Concert … Continue reading

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