'Tonality, Clarity, Strength': Gesture, Form, and Nordic Identity in Carl Nielsen's Piano Music

@article{Grimley2005TonalityCS,
  title={'Tonality, Clarity, Strength': Gesture, Form, and Nordic Identity in Carl Nielsen's Piano Music},
  author={Daniel M. Grimley},
  journal={Music and Letters},
  year={2005},
  volume={86},
  pages={202 - 233}
}
Identifying elements of a Nordic subjectivity in the music of Carl Nielsen is a complex exercise. As Naomi Cumming has observed, we construct musical subjectivity in multiple ways, some of which we perceive as a 'composer's voice'. But musical identity is properly a tension between compositional process, reception, and historical context. Carl Nielsen's piano music has been less widely acknowledged outside Denmark than his symphonies, but offers a compelling case study in the formation of… Expand
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