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Hans Gál: Music behind Barbed Wire
A Diary of Summer 1940
With a Forward by Sir Alan Peacock
Music and Society (non-ISSN series)
Composition: Royal octavo~ Illustrations ~ Foreword ~ Prelude: Biographical Introduction; Britain's Internment of Enemy Aliens in 1940 ~ Music behind Barbed Wire ~ Postlude: Gál in Britain ~ Personalia ~ Contributors ~ Bibliography ~ Index ~ CD of Gál's Works composed in internment
Music behind Barbed Wire is Hans Gál’s diary of the five months he spent in summer 1940 as a prisoner of His Majesty’s Government after Churchill decided (not his finest hour!) to solve the problem of ‘enemy aliens’ – many of them Jews who had fled to Britain from Hitlerism – with the order ‘Collar the lot!’ Gál chronicles the stultifying bureaucracy of his captors and the measures the prisoners took to keep themselves occupied – in his case, of course, composition: of the Huyton Suite for two violins and flute, because they were the only instruments in Huyton Camp, near Liverpool, and the revue Wat a Life!, performed on the Isle of Man – both words documented on the CD accompanying the book.
Truth and Music
The Complete Writings from Music & Musicians, 1957-85
Edited by Mark Doran
Musicians on Music No. 11 (ISSN 0264-6889)
Extent: 300 pages
Size: 16.4 x 24.1 cm
Composition: Royal octavo
Hans Keller – born in Vienna in 1919 and a Jewish refugee from Nazism – became the most influential writer on music in Britain after George Bernard Shaw. His writings were always concerned with a search for the truth – ‘the truth about music, and the truth in music’, as he put it – and tackled the deepest musical questions head-on: why a piece of music had the effect it did; why a musician performed as he or she did; why the development of composition proceeded as it did. These issues and more were explored in a forty-year flood of writings, lectures and broadcasts.
Between 1957 and his death in 1985, Keller contributed almost sixty articles to the magazine Music and Musicians, and this book presents them all, edited and annotated by Mark Doran, from early pieces on composers he valued – Britten, Elgar, Schoenberg, Stravinsky – to ‘The Keller Column’, focussed on the vital questions of music education, and containing the last article he lived to write. At the heart of the book is the 31-part series ‘Truth and Music’, which contains the fullest and most detailed exposition Keller ever provided of his unique, music-centred aesthetics.
Hans Keller's capacity to stimulate, provoke, enlighten and inspire has never been more clearly demonstrated than in this engaging collection. Approachable in tone yet uncompromising in content, this book will cement his reputation as one of the essential musical thinkers in the English language.