Denmark had a formative influence on Percy Grainger, both through his sense of self-discovery and also through his growing interest in folk song (especially the work of Evald Tang Kristensen). Grainger's letters and diaries make frequent references to his impressions of the Danish landscape: for Grainger, music, landscape and environment were always closely interlinked. In this lecture, Dr Grimley discusses some of the ways in which Grainger drew on an established tradition of landscape representation in Danish art, literature, and music. Far from being a blank canvas, Denmark offered him a rich and stimulating site for reimagining ideas of music and community that were to become a persistent thread in his creative life.
Dan Grimley is a University Lecturer in Music, Oxford, Tutorial Fellow in Music, Merton College, and Senior Lecturer in Music, University College. His research interests include music, Landscape, and Cultural Geography; Scandinavian Music (Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen); English Music (Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius); contemporary music and performance. His current research is on Delius and the Sound of Place (for Cambridge UP) and Music, Landscape, and Cultural Geography. He has published monographs on Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2010) and Grieg: Landscape, Music and Norwegian Identity (Boydell, 2006), edited volumes on Sibelius and Elgar and presented at international conferences. Dan appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 Music Matters, writes program notes for Edinburgh Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Barbican Centre London, Bard Festival and frequently presents pre-concert talks, e.g. BBC Promenade Concerts, Barbican Centre.
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