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Karl-Birger Blomdahl et Ingvar Lidholm: Enjeux mélodiques, tonals et organiques des années 1940
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies.
2012 (French)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Ingvar Lidholm: Exploring melodic, tonal and organic challenges in the 1940s (English)
Abstract [en]

Karl-Birger Blomdahl (1916-1968) and Ingvar Lidholm (1921- ) were two leading figures in modern Swedish music. While studying in Stockholm they created a study circle known as the Monday Group. Regarded as anti-romanticists, Blomdahl and Lidholm revitalized musical creation by prioritizing compositional technique (as in hantverk, i.e. craft), melodic line and Gestalt concepts such as organicism.

Following a study of this shared historical, aesthetic and theoretical framework, this thesis proposes a detailed analysis of thirty works by Blomdahl and Lidholm, dating from the 1940s. Based on the initial aesthetic and theoretical context and also on the theories of Schenker and Meyer, the analytical method used enables a graphical and textual representation of the compositional coherence and dynamic of the respective works.

This thesis establishes the essential melodic, tonal and organic divergences in the musical languages of Blomdahl and Lidholm. Additionally, this thesis shows that the notions of linearity, dissonance and counterpoint have a deeper significance in Blomdahl’s and Lidholm’s respective musical languages than is to be found in many texts dating from this period. Finally, this thesis highlights aesthetic and compositional components that significantly invigorate modern music in Sweden.

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Stockholm: Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Stockholm University , 2012. , 624 p.
Studier i musikvetenskap, ISSN 1103-6362 ; 22
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Blomdahl, Lidholm, Monday Group, the 1940s, melody, linearity, tonality, organicism, Jeppesen, Hindemith, Kurth, Schenker, Meyer, Rosenberg, anti-romanticism, absolute music
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82840ISBN: 978-91-7447-609-5OAI: diva2:572576
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2013-01-22, Auditoriet 215, Humanistvillan, Frescativägen 24, Stockholm, 13:00 (French)
Available from: 2012-12-27 Created: 2012-11-28 Last updated: 2012-12-17Bibliographically approved

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