Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity

Daniel M. Grimley


Boydell Press



An examination of the role of landscape and cultural identity in the music of Edvard Grieg.
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.


June 2006
7 black and white illustrations
258 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843832102
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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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 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. CHOICE
Rigorously argued and strongly focused...a very fine study. MUSIC & LETTERS

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