Music’s Nordic Breakthrough
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296 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

29 b/w, 11 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Music's Nordic Breakthrough

Aesthetics, Modernity, and Cultural Exchange, 1890-1930

Edited by Philip Ross Bullock and Daniel Grimley

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A timely attempt to re-map a critical appreciation of early twentieth-century modernism through a Nordic lens.

Following the end of the Cold War, a former East-West binary model of European identity has been replaced with a series of more complex and variegated patterns. Northern Europe is one such territory, and the idea of the 'North' more generally has come in for increased critical scrutiny. This volume reappraises the work of Sibelius, Nielsen and their contemporaries, but it also reassesses the wider implications of the 'Nordic Breakthrough' for fields such as the visual arts, theatre, literature and architecture.

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 beof 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 forart historians, theatre scholars and literary critics.

CONTRIBUTORS: Charlotte Ashby, Leah Broad, Daniel M. Grimley, Louise Hardiman, Kevin Karnes, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Tomi Mäkelä, Julia Mannherz, Arnulf Christian Mattes, Philip Ross Bullock, Kirsten Rutschmann, and Mikkel Zangenberg.
Introduction: Nordic Edge - Encountering Modernity at the Breakthrough
National - Nordic - Universal: Gustav Vigeland and Einar Jónsson
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

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.



February 2021


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Title Details

296 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

29 b/w, 11 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press