Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity

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While Grieg's music continues to enjoy a prominent place in the concert hall and recording catalogues, it has yet to attract sustained analytical attention in Anglo-American scholarship. Daniel Grimley examines the role which music and landscape played in the formation of Norwegian cultural identity in the nineteenth century, and the function that landscape has performed in Grieg's work. It presents new perspectives on the relationships between music, landscape and identity. This tension between competing musical discourses - the folklorist, the nationalist and the modernist - offers one of the most vivid narratives in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century music, and suggests that Grieg is a more complex and challenging historical figure than his critical reception has often appeared to suggest. It is through the contested category of landscape, this book argues, that these tensions can be contextualised and ultimately resolved.
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(Grimley) shows an impressive and wide-ranging scholarship and a mastery not only of Grieg's music but the culture of his time...an authoritative and well documented survey with generous musical examples and unlikely to be surpassed. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE (Robert Layton)An excellent source for new understandings of Grieg's music. CHOICERigorously argued and strongly focused...a very fine study. MUSIC & LETTERS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843832102
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 National contexts : Grieg and folklorism in nineteenth-century Norway 11
2 Landscape as ideology : nature, nostalgia and Grieg's 'culture of sound' 55
3 Grieg, landscape and the Haugtussa project 109
4 Modernism and Norwegian musical style : the politics of identity in the Slatter, op. 72 147
5 Distant landscapes : the influence of Grieg's folk-music arrangements 192
App Haugtussa texts (songs 1, 2 and 8)
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