Northern Lights: Indigenous Icelandic Aspects of Jón Nordal's Piano Concerto

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University of Cincinnati, 2006 - 105 pages
This study investigates the influences, both domestic and foreign, on the composition of Jón Nordal's Piano Concerto of 1956. The research question in this study is, "Are there elements that are identifiable from traditional Icelandic music in Nordal's work?" By using set theory analysis, and by viewing the work from an extramusical vantage point, the research demonstrated a strong tendency towards an Icelandic voice. In addition, an argument for a symbiotic relationship between the domestic and foreign elements is demonstrable.

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