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 So begins an unpublished article written by Hans Keller in August 1947 … Continue reading

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Hans Keller, Haydn and Marion Scott

Bear with me, gentle reader – there is a connection…somewhere… I have just spent most of a day reassembling the jigsaw of the manuscript of Hans Keller‘s book The Great Haydn Quartets [M668.c.95.53] – no easy task when one’s knowledge of the … Continue reading

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“And during the interval, Hans Keller will…”: radio scripts in the Keller Archive

By the time of his retirement in March 1979, Hans Keller had become one of the most experienced radio broadcasters and talks producers of his generation. Not only had he delivered a prodigious number of talks for the BBC, but … Continue reading

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Hans Keller the storyteller

Tucked away in the Hans Keller Archive here at the University Library is a cache of material from the early years of Keller’s career, much of which has, so far, not yet seen the light of day: his literary writings … Continue reading

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“Please send some cocoa”: Hans Keller’s letters from internment

In the summer of 1940, in the face of what seemed the inexorable advance of Nazi Germany across Europe towards English shores, bringing with it the fear of imminent invasion, the British Government decided that it would be expedient to … Continue reading

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At the event: Haydn Op.20 no.1 Functional Analysis at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

On 11 March, I was delighted to be invited to sit in on Levon Chilingirian’s Professor’s Platform at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Its focus was to be a performance of Hans Keller’s Functional Analysis of Haydn’s String … Continue reading

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Zak’s “Mobile”: is the rest noise?

On 5th June 1961 an event of seismic significance shook the Established Musical World: during a broadcast concert given by the English Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Bruno Maderna, the World Première of Piotr Zak‘s Mobile for Tape and … Continue reading

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