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Dissonant Landscapes (Paperback)

Music, Nature, and the Performance of Iceland

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Music

Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Music / Culture
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 15 color photos, 1 b&w table, 1 printed music item
ISBN: 9780819500496
Published: 29th February 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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Listening to the dissonances of nature and nationhood in modern Iceland.

 

During the past three decades, Iceland has attained a strong presence in the world through its musical culture, with images of the nation being packaged and shipped out in melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. What 'Iceland' means for people, both at home and abroad, is conditioned by music and its ability to animate notions of nature and nationality. In six chapters that range from discussions of indie rock ballads to 'Nordic noir' television music, Dissonant Landscapes describes the capacity of musical expression to transform ideas about nature and nationality on the northern edges of Europe.

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