Hermann Keller

Hermann Keller

German musicologist.
Date of Birth: 20.11.1885
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Herman Keller
  2. Early Career
  3. Contribution to Bach's Legacy
  4. Later Years

Biography of Herman Keller

Herman Keller was a German musicologist born in Germany. He was the son of an architect and initially studied architecture in Stuttgart and Munich. However, he also took private music lessons from Max Reger, who recommended Keller to pursue a professional music career.

Early Career

In 1910, Keller started working as an organist at the city church in Weimar and also taught at the Weimar Conservatory. In 1916, he moved to Stuttgart and became an organist at the St. Mark's Church. He also worked as a teacher at the Stuttgart Conservatory and from 1928 to 1933, he served as the head of the department of church and school music at the conservatory.

Contribution to Bach's Legacy

Herman Keller was primarily known for his expertise in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and played a significant role in the research and publication of Bach's legacy. He was instrumental in the exploration and analysis of Bach's compositions, making him a leading authority on the composer's works. One of Keller's notable students was Helmuth Rilling, who went on to become a renowned conductor and interpreter of Bach's music.

Later Years

After World War II, Keller served as the director of the Stuttgart University of Music from 1946 to 1952. Throughout his career, he dedicated himself to the study and promotion of music, particularly the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Herman Keller's contributions to musicology and his passion for Bach's music have left a lasting impact on the understanding and appreciation of one of the greatest composers in history.