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date: 19 January 2020

Keller, Hanslocked

  • Christopher Wintle

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(b Vienna, March 11, 1919; d London, Nov 6, 1985). British music critic and writer of Austrian birth. He grew up in Döbling (Vienna) in a circle that included Franz Schmidt and the writer and violinist Oskar Adler. After being held by the Nazis during the Anschluss, he fled in 1938 to London where he stayed for the rest of his life. During the next ten years he studied the violin, took the LRAM, and played in a variety of string quartets and orchestras. At the same time he worked with sociologists on small group psychology, and taught himself psychoanalysis through the writings of Freud, Flügel, Jones and Glover. (Later, he psychoanalysed himself, and even took a patient.) His early published and unpublished writings are mainly in these fields, and their stance and aphoristic clarity pervade his life's work.

From the mid-1940s Keller wrote extensively and provocatively on film music, championed the work of Benjamin Britten, and emerged as a keen protagonist of Schoenberg. He came to prominence as a self-styled ‘anti-critic’ through the outspoken little journal ...

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