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Healing the Cut: Music, Landscape, Nature, Culture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bennett Hogg


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Whereas it is a commonplace in Western Art Music, particularly since the mid-ninteenth century, to imagine music representing landscape, the notion that landscape is in some respects formed by music is relatively untheorised. With reference to music by Vaughan Williams and Webern, this essay investigates the ways in which music plays a role in forming landscape, understood from a contemporary geographical perspective as a site where nature and culture ancounter and produce one another (rather than as a site privileging one over the other). Drawing on ideas of Lefebvre, Smalley, and Appleton some theorisations of the broader epistemological and ideological tropes organising the landscape-music relationship are proposed. That landscape and music are both mediated in embodied ways positions the active, embodied, creative experience as an articulation of nature-culture through which these tropes are played out.

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Author(s): Hogg B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Contemporary Music review

Year: 2015

Volume: 34

Issue: 4

Pages: 281-302

Online publication date: 16/03/2016

Acceptance date: 03/11/2015

ISSN (print): 0749-4467

ISSN (electronic): 1477-2256

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/07494467.2016.1151174

Notes: Special Issue: Landscape and Music: Perspectives from Practice


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