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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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‘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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Digital scanning, picnics, creating displays, tours and sample lectures: Work Experience Students 2016

These past two weeks, the Pendlebury Library of Music has once again played host to some Year 10 work experience students who are studying at local schools.  Here’s a taste of what they got up to…

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Music and Science

Exploring the relationship between music and science is a vast area of research which has evolved significantly over the past centuries. The obvious place to start is in Ancient Greece in the 6th century BC with Pythagoras, who has been … Continue reading

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New Old Music: Hogwood collection highlights

Following in the footsteps of New Old Books and recent acquisitions posts on the Cambridge University Library Special Collections blog, this week will provide a little taster of music items purchased from the estate of Christopher Hogwood. Our new treasures include music manuscripts, early printed … 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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