Music's Nordic Breakthrough: Aesthetics, Modernity, and Cultural Exchange, 1890-1930 [Hardback]

Philip Ross Bullock(Editor); Daniel M. Grimley(Editor)

ISBN: 9781783275687 | Published by: Boydell Press | Year of Publication: 2021 | 320p, H9.25 x W6.25, 29 black and white, 11 line drawing
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Music's Nordic Breakthrough


Following the end of the Cold War in Europe, the former East-West binary model of European identity has been replaced with different patterns. Northern Europe (and/or the idea of the North) is one such territory/concept now being more under the microscope. Taking its title from a fin de sicle Nordic literary movement, this book offers new ways of thinking about modernism, modernity and music within a focused geographical arena. The roots of Scandinavia's artistic pre-eminence lie in the final decades of the nineteenth century. Music was an integral part of this process of aesthetic and intellectual awakening. This volume will reappraise the work of Sibelius, Nielsen and their contemporaries, but it also reassesses the wider implications of the 'nordic breakthrough' in neighbouring areas such as arts, literature and architecture. Music's Nordic Breakthrough adopts an interdisciplinary methodology and expands the notion of the 'nordic zone': a new understanding of the region emerges as an arena of cultural activities and patterns of exchange sharing common occupations. The book constitutes a timely attempt to re-map a critical appreciation of early twentieth-century modernism through a nordic lens. The thematic approach offered reveals the complex interaction of networks, individuals, ideologies and the transfer of ideas. The book will be of interest to musicologists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century repertoires, as well as those more broadly interested in modernism in music and its neighbouring arts. The book will also offer important reading for art historians, theatre scholars and literary critics.

PHILIP ROSS BULLOCK is Professor of Russian and Music, University of Oxford. Tutorial Fellow, Wadham College. Director, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Bullock has published the Sibelius-Newmarch correspondence with Boydell. His biography of Tchaikovsky was recently published in the Critical Lives series by Reaktion. DANIEL M. GRIMLEY is Professor of Music, University of Oxford. Tutorial Fellow, Merton College. Associate Head (Research) of Humanities. Daniel Grimley's latest book was recently published by CUP at the end of 2018: Delius and the Sound of Place. Grimley has published various books with Boydell. CONTRIBUTORS: Charlotte Ashby, Leah Broad, Daniel M. Grimley, Louise Hardiman, Kevin Karnes, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Tomi Mäkelä, Julia Mannherz, Arnulf Christian Mattes, Philip Ross Bullock

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nordic Edge - Encountering Modernity at the Breakthrough
National - Nordic - Universal: Gustav Vigeland and Einar Jnsson
Sergei Diaghilev, Konstantin Korovin, and the North in Russian Art, 1890-1905
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger's Four Songs in Swedish Folk-Style, Op. 5:
Sibelius and the Ecological Breakthrough
Shooting Tuonela's Swan: Modern Myths and Artistic Convergence in Finnish Symbolism
Music Beyond the Breakthrough: Sibelius, Hofmannsthal, and the Summoning of Everyman
Composing a Nordic Renaissance: Ture Rangström's music for Till Damaskus (III)
Gramophones and Modernity in the North
Fartein Valen's Atonal Breakthrough
Northern Light: Jaezeps Vitols, Cosmopolitan Nationalist on the Axis Riga - St. Petersburg
Sibelius Reception in Britain, 1901-1939: Centre and Periphery in the Musical Construction of the North
Breaking Down the Breakthrough

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