Music`s Nordic Breakthrough - Aesthetics, Modernity, and Cultural Exchange, 1890-1930
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Music's Nordic Breakthrough adopts an interdisciplinary methodology and expands the geographical reach of the 'Nordic zone' to include interactions with Russia, the Baltic states and Great Britain; a new understanding of the region emerges as an arena of artistic affinity, cutural exchange and shared preoccupations. At the same time, the book constitutes an attempt to re-map and recentre early twentieth-century European modernism through a distinctively Nordic lens. The thematic approach on display 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 also offers important reading for art historians, theatre scholars and literary critics.
PHILIP ROSS BULLOCK is Professor of Russian and Music at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Russian at Wadham College, Oxford. Previously for Boydell, he has published a translation of the correspondencence between Rosa Newmarch and Jean Sibelius, and in 2016, his biography of Tchaikovsky was 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 Lyytikainen, Tomi Makela, Julia Mannherz, Arnulf Christian Mattes, Philip Ross Bullock, Kirsten Rutschmann, and Mikkel Zangenberg.
PART I: TRANSNATIONAL SPACE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
National - Nordic - Universal: Gustav Vigeland and Einar Jonsson
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
PART II: INTERMEDIALITY
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 Rangstroem's music for Till Damaskus (III)
Gramophones and Modernity in the North
PART III: MODERNIST LEGACIES
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