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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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Roberto Gerhard

Catalan composer Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) settled in Cambridge in 1940, after the Spanish civil war. Although main recognition of his achievements came perhaps later in his career, he has long been widely acknowledged as a key figure in the development … 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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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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