The Northern Silence : Journeys in Nordic Music and Culture


by Mellor, Andrew | The arts
Published 28/06/2022 by YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS in the United States
Hardback | 320 pages, 16 b-w illus. + 1 map

ISBN: 9780300254402 Category:


An essential exploration of Nordic composers and musicians, and the distinctive culture that continues to shape them

Once considered a musical backwater, the Nordic region is now a musical powerhouse. Conductors from Denmark and Finland dominate the British and American orchestral scene. Interest in the old masters Sibelius and Grieg is soaring and progressive pop artists like Bjoerk continue to fascinate as much as they entertain.

Andrew Mellor journeys to the heart of the Nordic cultural psyche. From Reykjavik to Rovaniemi, he examines the success of Nordic music’s performers, the attitude of its audiences, and the sound of its composers past and present-celebrating along the way some of the most remarkable music ever written. Mellor peers into the dark side of the Scandinavian utopia, from xenophobia and alcoholism to parochialism and the twilight of the social democratic dream. Drawing on a range of genres and firsthand encounters, he reveals that our fascination with Nordic societies and our love for Nordic music might be more intertwined than first thought.

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Weight 0.588 kg