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Tonality’s revenge

Tonality’s revenge


Swedish music out of the refrigerator

The music scene in our country has long been characterised by an art that turns a deaf ear to its audience. A small coterie of composers kept competition and alternative influences at bay. The way out of sectarian modernism has been to reconnect with and become grounded in Swedish choral singing and folk music.

The Post-Modern Ear

Towards the end of the 19th century, and in the wake of Wagner's achievement in Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal, the musical language which had been common property of Western composers since the Renaissance, underwent a crisis.

The Politburo of Music

Modernity in music is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. The much used word 'modernism' is also a catch-all definition which leaves questions still hanging in the air. It is a word, like 'socialism' or 'spirituality' that can easily be hijacked by partisan voices who then claim ownership of it and thereafter imbue it with their own narrow, specific, pointed, sectarian and self-justifying aura.