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Were Agathe Backer Grøndahl's Performative Strength Wasted upon scrappy Works like Edvard Grieg's-?
University of Gothenburg, Department for Culture, Esthetics and Media. (musicology)
2007 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the untimely death of Edvard Grieg’s lesser-known compatriot, close friend and interpreter Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847-1907) he made the following entry in his diary: If a mimosa could sing, it would sound like her most beautiful, intimate tunes. As the Norwegian composer and music critic Pauline Hall noted 1947, Backer Grøndahl became a banner for women composers in Grieg’s era, a stimulation for those that followed in her footsteps. With 150 piano works, an Andante for piano and orchestra, Scherzo for orchestra, the cantata Nytaarsgry, arrangements of Norwegian folktunes and over 250 romances, Backer Grøndahl’s output is a major contribution to 19th century music. Beside her active life and glittering career, Backer Grøndahl, together with her sister Harriet Backer and Erica Nissen, made it a priority to join the women’s suffrage movement’s club in Kristiania.

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Bergen: The International Grieg Society , 2007.
Keyword [en]
Edvard Grieg, London, Agathe Backer Grøndahl. Music, gender and genius, femininity, music historical knowledge and canonisation, gender and genre, Dolls House-party in Novelty Theatre
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29936OAI: diva2:236378
Available from: 2009-09-22 Created: 2009-09-22 Last updated: 2009-09-22

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