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J n Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland

Author : Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
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A study of the influential Icelandic composer’s career and his work. In Jón Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland, Árni Heimir Ingólfsson provides a striking account of the dramatic career of Iceland’s iconic composer. Leifs (1899–1968) was the first Icelander to devote himself fully to composition at a time when a local music scene was only beginning to take form. He was a fervent nationalist in his art, fashioning an idiosyncratic and uncompromising “Icelandic” sound from traditions of vernacular music with the aim to legitimize Iceland as an independent, culturally empowered nation. In addition to exploring Leifs’s career, Ingólfsson provides detailed descriptions of Leifs’s major works and their cultural contexts. Leifs’s music was inspired by the Icelandic landscape and includes auditory depictions of volcanos, geysers, and waterfalls. The raw quality of his orchestral music is frequently enhanced by an expansive percussion section, including anvils, stones, sirens, bells, ships’ chains, shotguns, and cannons. Largely neglected in his own lifetime, Leifs’s music has been rediscovered in recent years and hailed as a singular and deeply original contribution to twentieth-century music. Jón Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland enriches our understanding and appreciation of Leifs and his music by exploring the political, literary and environmental contexts that influenced his work. “Composers of fearsome originality seldom have an easy path in the world. Jón Leifs, who translated the landscapes and legends of Iceland into sound, comes vividly to life in this brilliant, panoramic biography, his myriad personal and political conflicts delineated with clarity and candor. A major twentieth-century figure at last receives his due.” —Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker and author of The Rest Is Noise “Jón Leifs was the first major Icelandic composer and it is insane that most of his pieces were not performed or recorded until recently. His works were almost just a myth to us Icelanders and therefore this book is so magnificently important. . . . This book is incredibly well written and Árni Heimir’s analysis of the music is deeply satisfying. I listened to each work as it was being discussed, which turned the experience from black and white to color! An extraordinary achievement!” —Björk, singer/songwriter

J n Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland

Author : Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
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It is the first major study of an important Icelandic composer (Jón Leifs) who has been lauded as a creative personality "among the most radical and original of the 20th century." This book is a musical biography that should have wide appeal. The author is widely known for his previous scholarship and for his conducting. He has worked closely with famous musicians such as Bjork and will do much to promote his own work. The Icelandic publication of this book was favorably reviewed in The New Yorker. This translation has been greatly revised to reach an English-speaking audience and is more thoroughly and critically engage with Leifs' musical output

The Northern Silence

Author : Andrew Mellor
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An essential exploration of Nordic composers and musicians, and the distinctive culture that continues to shape them Once considered a musical backwater, the Nordic region is now a musical powerhouse. Conductors from Denmark and Finland dominate the British and American orchestral scene. Interest in the old masters Sibelius and Grieg is soaring and progressive pop artists like Björk continue to fascinate as much as they entertain. Andrew Mellor journeys to the heart of the Nordic cultural psyche. From Reykjavik to Rovaniemi, he examines the success of Nordic music's performers, the attitude of its audiences, and the sound of its composers past and present--celebrating some of the most remarkable music ever written along the way. Mellor peers into the dark side of the Scandinavian utopia, from xenophobia and alcoholism to parochialism and the twilight of the social democratic dream. Drawing on a range of genres and firsthand encounters, he reveals that our fascination with Nordic societies and our love for Nordic music might be more intertwined than first thought.

A Short History of Icelandic Music to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

Author : Hjálmar Helgi Ragnarsson
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Journal of the American Liszt Society

Author : American Liszt Society
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Scandinavian Review

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Passagen

Author : International Musicological Society. Congress
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Das Programmbuch gibt einen Überblick über alle Hauptvorträge, Symposien und Freien Referate, Präsentationen von Forschungsinstituten und Konzerte, die vom 10. bis 15. Juli 2007 an der Universität Zürich stattfinden. Es beinhaltet die Abstracts aller Referate, die durch Register leicht zugänglich gemacht werden, dokumentiert so den Kongress in seiner Gänze und ersetzt einen ausführlicheren Kongressbericht.

Iceland from Past to Present

Author : Esbjörn Rosenblad
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Nordic Sounds

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BBC Music Magazine

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