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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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“…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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‘An experienced traitor’: Hans Keller and the English language

Nothing to do with music for once, this week – or not directly anyway (or is it?). No-one who reads anything written by Hans Keller – whether it be a concert review for Music Review, a piece for the Listener, … Continue reading

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Cads, bounders and unbecoming women in opera and song: episode one

Our latest exhibition at the UL Music Department, launched this week, explores the darker side of opera and song. We begin our mini-series of exhibition-related posts with a look at some of opera’s less-than-delightful characters. Villains abound – think of … Continue reading

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