Hans Keller

Musicologist and broadcaster, born 11.3.1919 in Vienna, died 6.11.1985


Biography

Born in Vienna in 1919, Hans Keller emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1938 and was interned on the Isle of Man from 1940 to 1941. He later studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and became active as a music critic.

From 1945 Keller became known as an important broadcaster and champion of new music for the BBC Third Programme; he worked full time for the BBC from 1959 – 1979. Keller was very interested in promoting the analysis of music through the use of musical extracts rather than by words – this became known as “wordless functional analysis”. He died of motor neurone disease in 1985.  


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