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Keller, Hans Heinrich, 1919-1985 (music critic)



  • Existence: 1919 - 1985


Hans Heinrich Keller (1919-85), music critic, was born in Döbling, Vienna, Austria, on 11 March 1919, the son of the architect Fritz Keller (d. 1939) and his wife, Grete Grotte (1883-1959). In the 1940s he took his licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, played violin in string quartets and orchestras, and later became a coach (or 'anti-coach') of string quartets; he reviewed film music, and in a book's worth of polemical notices, essays, and pamphlets related practice to (his own) theory; he began to champion the music of Benjamin Britten, on whom he edited an influential collection of essays (1952); he wrote music and dramas (though little remains) as well as the librettos for Benjamin Frankel's opera Marching Song and Josef Tal's Der Turm; he later taught composition and translated librettos. He died childless from motor neurone disease at his home, 3 Frognal Gardens, Hampstead, on 6 November 1985 and was cremated at Golders Green crematorium. He was one of many distinguished Austro-German émigrés who enriched British musical culture in the post-war years.

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Hans Keller: Music manuscripts

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9371
Dates: 1958-1981 (Circa)