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Hans Keller Centenary Celebration

16 March 2019

Hans Keller. Drawing By Milein Cosman, by kind permission of the estate of Milein Cosman

Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

2.15pm : ‘Exploring the Hans Keller Archive’
The University Library has been the home of the Hans Keller Archive since 1995. Its current archivist Susi Woodhouse presents an exploration of the riches of this extensive and eclectic archive, whose contents range from functional analysis scores to football memorabilia.

Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room
Admission free

4 pm : ‘Hans Keller’s Legacy’
Nicholas Marston, Professor of Music Theory and Analysis, Cambridge University, discusses Keller’s legacy with Christopher Wintle, Chair of the Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust, Bojan Bujic, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College Oxford, Jonathan Dunsby, Professor of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, Philip Rupprecht, Professor of Music, Duke University, and Arnold Whittall, Emeritus Professor of Music Theory and Analysis, King’s College London.

Cambridge Faculty of Music, Recital Room
Admission free

6 pm : Pre-concert Reception, Buffet Supper and Art Exhibition
To coincide with Hans Keller’s centenary in March 2019, Clare Hall is hosting its second exhibition of the art of MILEIN COSMAN, who during her long life drew many of the leading cultural figures of the twentieth century. This exhibition presents some of her renowned images of musicians, writers and artists, including her husband, Hans Keller.

TICKETS: included with concert ticket below

7.30 pm : ‘Hans Keller and Beyond: towards creative performance and listening’
This event presents Keller’s famous method of wordless musical analysis (‘Functional Analysis’) in the context of his teaching of performance.

After Keller retired from the BBC, Yehudi Menuhin asked him to take charge of string quartets at the Menuhin School, which he did until his death in 1985, alongside teaching at the Guildhall. Malcolm Singer (former Music Director of the Menuhin School who taught there when Keller was there) will introduce Keller the man and musical thinker, together with Keller’s biographer Alison Garnham. Then current Music Director Oscar Colomina i Bosch, pianist David Dolan and violinist Levon Chilingirian (whose quartet was coached by Keller) will work with a Menuhin School student quartet on Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor K.421, presenting Keller’s first Functional Analysis of the work, and their own creative response – revealing Keller’s impact beyond his own time.

With Coco Tomita (violin), Viviane Plekhotkine (violin), SongHa Choi (viola) and Caterina Isaia (cello)

TICKETS: £15; Clare Hall members £10; students £5 (includes exhibition, reception and buffet). Available from T: 01223 332360; Email; or at the Porters’ Lodge


This event is part of a series celebrating Hans Keller’s centenary: see Hans Keller 100



16 March 2019
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