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Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism Hardcover – 17 Feb 2011
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One closes Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism grateful for what one has learned (...) and resonating with a striking impression that will not go away. That impression is, to put it in Grimley's terms, simply one of breakthrough. (...) opens the door into understanding, at least in part, how the Danish Nielsen is different in kind from his kindred 'senior' modernists, in Finland, Norway, and England. TWENTIETH CENTURY MUSICThis well written book offers a broad critical summary of his work through detailed analysis of his musical language. STRINGENDO (T)he act of airbrushing Nielsen out of musical history has been reversed in uplifting detail: (the) new study from Nordic music scholar Daniel Grimley recasts Nielsen as a visionary - a vital precursor to modernism and a central protagonist in the playground scrap that was 20th-century music. (Andrew Mellor) GROMOPHONE Nielsen fans will find plenty to feast on. (Philip Clark) GRAMOPHONE In brief, the result is highly recommendable. Grimley is extremely well read in cultural, literary, and art history, in music theory and music aesthetics of Nielsen's and later times as well as in music history, be it of Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Germany, or France. Thus his readings are very convincing, in analytical detail as well as in the contexts of Danish and European cultural life. A Danish translation should be mandatory. DANISH YEARBOOK OF MUSICOLOGYGrimley has given us provocative and stimulating new guidelines for understanding Nielsen, not as a marginal figure, but as one very much a part of a cultural generation deeply involved in aesthetic change and renewal. AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE The book presents some fascinating source material that will interest anyone (...) who believes Nielsen to be one of the truly distinctive geniuses of latter-day symphonic writing. CLASSICAL MUSIC
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DANIEL M. GRIMLEY holds a University Lectureship in Music at Oxford, and is the Tutorial Fellow in Music at Merton College and Lecturer in Music, Landscape at University College.
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