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New Music Of The Nordic Countries

Harald Herrensthal
Jean Christensen
John White
Per F. Broman
Kimmo Kornhonen

605 pp.

20 illustrations

ISBN: 978-1576470190

Hardback 7x10 $76.00

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New Music of the Nordic Countries describes the music of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden composed during the latter half of the twentieth century. Along with providing biographical material on most of the living Nordic composers, the book discusses in detail the major trends in Scandinavian contemporary music as well as many of the recent musical works. The 800-page volume is edited by John D. White, a former Scholar to Iceland and a Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. White is the author of Part III, New Music in Iceland and has enlisted five other distinguished Nordic musical scholars to write the remaining sections of the book.

Bound together philosophically, geographically, and to a significant extent ethnically, the five Nordic countries hold a unique place in today's world. They are populated by talented, creative achievers, and each nation possesses its own special qualities. This is certainly true in its music, yet little of Nordic tone art of the late twentieth century is widely known outside of Northern Europe. Thus, this comprehensive volume will serve a valuable purpose in disseminating knowledge about this important body of music literature.


Harald Herrensthal:

Jean Christensen:

John White:

Per F. Broman:

Associate Professor in music theory and Associate Dean at Bowling Green State University, studied violin, music theory and musicology, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg. He has been on the faculties of the Swedish Conservatory in Finland; the University College of Music Education, Örebro University and Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, and Butler University, Indianapolis. Broman has presented many conference papers and articles on aesthetics, music theory, and musicology. He was editor-in-chief of Crosscurrents and Counterpoints: Offerings in Honor of Bengt Hambraeus at 70, co-edited and contributed to What Kind of Theory Is Music Theory? Epistemological Exercises in Music Theory and Analysis, wrote the chapter “New Music of Sweden” for Pendragon’s New Music in the Nordic Countries, and contributed to Woody Allen and Philosophy, and South Park and Philosophy.
Kimmo Kornhonen:



MUSIC / History & Criticism