Nordic Art Music: From the Middle Ages to the Third Millennium

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - Music - 193 pages
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The five countries that make up Northern Europe--Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland--have, over the course of the last several centuries, developed and unique and viable art music history that easily rivals that of their continental neighbors. "Nordic Art Music: From the Middle Ages to the Third Millennium" provides an informative and accessible overview of the fascinating historical and aesthetic developments of this music and its creators, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, to the beginning of this new century. Though some Nordic composers, including Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen, and Jean Sibelius, have found great acclaim in all parts of the world, author Frederick Key Smith lays the foundation for their work in his discussion of the many composers relatively unknown outside of Northern Europe.

Smith ably discusses the composers, styles, and representative works of each era in language that makes for a highly readable musical history as well as a superior reference guide. The first English-language book of its type in nearly 40 years, Smith's study brings into focus this broad and exciting aspect of music history.

 

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Contents

Early Art Music in Northern Europe
xv
THE MIDDLE AGES
xvi
THE RENAISSANCE
xvii
THE BAROQUE ERA
xviii
NOTES
6
Nordic Music in the Classical Era
9
OPERA
11
INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL WORKS
17
THE LAST OF THE SCANDINAVIAN ROMANTICS
71
NOTES
79
Northern Europe in the Modern Era
81
NATIONAL ROMANTICS AND ROMANTIC MODERNISTS
83
NEO CLASSICISTS SERIALISTS AND THEIR CONTEMPORARIES
95
NOTES
106
Old Complexities and New Simplicities
109
NOTES
130

ART SONGS
22
NOTES
24
Nordic Romanticism
27
IN THE WAKE OF NAPOLEON
29
THE DANISH GOLDEN AGE CONTINUES
35
FINLAND IN THE ROMANTIC ERA
41
EDVARD GRIEG
43
NOTES
47
Into the Modern Era
49
AMONG THE THREE MASTERS
50
NIELSEN AND SIBELIUS
56
IN THE SHADOW OF SIBELIUS
65
Contemporary Trends and Nordic Composers
133
ELECTRO ACOUSTIC MUSIC IN NORTHERN EUROPE
142
NOTES
145
Epilogue
147
NOTES
149
Glossary of Nordic Folk Music
151
Selected Nordic Composers and Discography
153
Addresses Journals and Record Companies and Distributors
171
Selected Bibliography
175
Index
181
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FREDERICK KEY SMITH is currently the Doctoral Fellow in Musicology at the University of Florida.

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