Introduction: Traversing Time, Place, and Space

  • Ryan R. Weber
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


The case of Edvard Grieg is one that attests to the challenges many composers faced at the end of the long nineteenth century. Living in the shadow of Wagner and faced with increasing pressure at home to advocate only for the national domain, literature became a useful catalyst for producing a broader appeal and contesting hegemonic forces of exclusion sustained by artists and audiences alike. Therefore, this introductory section takes a revolving look at the careers of Grieg, MacDowell, Grainger, and the authors who influenced their cosmopolitan aesthetic. Additionally, this chapter lays the foundation for understanding how Nordic themes became a common nexus for shaping a transatlantic dialogue between artists who viewed the interaction of nationalism and cosmopolitanism not merely as a problem to be solved but also as a creative tension to be exploited.


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  • Ryan R. Weber
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  1. 1.Misericordia UniversityDallasUSA

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