Open guest lecture: Nielsen - how to write about national composers in post-national times?

9 februari 2022 15:15 till 17:00 Föreläsning

Professor Michael Fjeldsøe (University of Copenhagen):

Nielsen - how to write about national composers in post-national times?

A main concept in our writing of a new monograph on Carl Nielsen is that we consider him as a European composer. This is a counter history to national history writing’s immanent narrative on the great national composer and his specific roots in Danish nationality. Our argument is that in the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century there was a shared (Northern) European music culture, which in terms of repertoire and traditions was more common than the national narratives tell us.

But why is this a challenge to our writing? One explanation is, that music history writing in itself is part of the national discourses, and that they are more dominant than we immediately recognize. For example, they make it difficult to explain that the national and the European are not opposites that are mutually exclusive. They also focus on historical narratives of national peculiarity. The common European features become 'nationalized', and the continuity across time epochs becomes invisible. It is in light of this that we ask, how we today meaningfully can write about great national composers in a post-national time?

Michael Fjeldsøe is Professor of Musicology at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Working primarily within the field of music and music history since the mid-19th century he is mainly focusing on Denmark as well as East and Central Europe. He is author of the book Kulturradikalismens Musik (2013) and numerous articles.

All are welcome.

For more information and participation please contact Sanne Krogh Groth (sanne_krogh.groth@kultur.lu.se)

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9 februari 2022 15:15 till 17:00

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