This is the first large selection of Keller’s essays to be published after his death. The first part of the book addresses psychological issues relating to critics, listeners, players and composers; the second analyses music by a wide range of composers from Haydn to the late twentieth century; and the third propounds Keller’s new theory of music, with essays on unity and contrast, motifs, themes, keys, timbre and rhythm, plus the full score of Keller’s Functional Analysis of Mozart’s piano sonata in A minor. The volume concludes with a magisterial account of what Keller deemed to be ‘the principles of composition’.

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