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date: 21 February 2020

Keller, Hermannlocked

  • Hugh Cobbe

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(b Stuttgart, Nov 20, 1885; d Freiburg, Aug 17, 1967). German musicologist and keyboard performer. After studying architecture at Stuttgart and Munich, he was encouraged to take up a musical career by his teacher Max Reger. He studied at Munich, Stuttgart and Leipzig, and in 1910 took a teaching post at Weimar, where he performed double concertos with Reger. In 1916 he was appointed organist at the Markuskirche, Stuttgart. He taught at the Musikhochschule there from 1919 and took the doctorate at Tübingen in 1924 with a dissertation on musical articulation. From 1928 he was head of the department of church and school music in the Musikhochschule, and became its director in 1946, retiring in 1952.

Keller was best known for his work as a scholar and performer of 17th- and 18th-century keyboard music; his particular interest lay in the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, on which he contributed a number of articles to the ...

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Deutsches Jahrbuch der Musikwissenschaft