Agathe Backer Grøndahl’s agency, legacy and impact on Nordic music history

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Even if our Nordic countries are model regions for equal rights and opportunities, several our women composers and musicians lie in oblivion, rest and neglect. When reading Nordic music history books at our schools and universities, the presentness of the past and the pastness of the present are striking in their endless recycling of yesteryears canons: Women composers like Nina and Edvard Grieg’s friend, Agathe Backer Grøndahl, seem like sleeping beauties who noted their music with invisible ink. However, curiously, she has always been a part of our cultural heritage, which raises questions like; under what conditions did she compose and perform her music? Aiming at addressing how the situation has arisen historically, the foci of the presentation are threefold: (1) Societal expectations towards Agathe Backer Grøndahl and her contemporary Nordic women colleagues and originality concepts. (2) Gender and genius, Nordic music criticism and historical gender roles as represented by her. (3) Past and present attempts by musicologists and musicians at affirmative action on behalf of women in Nordic music history. I base my paper on my doctoral thesis on Agathe Backer Grøndahl, my postdoctoral project on Gender and Canonisity in Scandinavian Music History 1890-1920 and my more recent biography on Laura Netzel and other Swedish and Finish women composers.
Period23 nov. 2021
HändelsetitelNina Grieg 175! : International research seminar
Typ av evenemangKonferens
PlatsBergen, NorgeVisa på karta