The composer as good European: musical modernism, Amor fati and the cosmopolitanism of Frederick Delius

Collins, Sarah (2015) The composer as good European: musical modernism, Amor fati and the cosmopolitanism of Frederick Delius. Twentieth-Century Music, 12 1: 97-123. doi:10.1017/S1478572214000164


Author Collins, Sarah
Title The composer as good European: musical modernism, Amor fati and the cosmopolitanism of Frederick Delius
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The composer as good European: musical modernism, Amor fati and the cosmopolitanism of Frederick Delius
Journal name Twentieth-Century Music   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-5730
1478-5722
Publication date 2015-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1478572214000164
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 123
Total pages 27
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article argues that early twentieth-century debates about both musical modernism and the idea of Europe were conditioned by prevailing attitudes towards autonomy. It will challenge the current rendering of modernist autonomy as depoliticized by showing how the attribution of 'cosmopolitan' characteristics to the music and persona of Frederick Delius indicated both an absence of affiliation and a definitive marker of Englishness. Underpinning this argument is the idea that attending to the dialectical interplay between independence and cooperation in the notion of 'rooted cosmopolitanism' can offer a model for a renewed conception of autonomy and commitment in musical modernism. Delius's devotion to the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, and Nietzsche's own analysis of European nihilism, will act as the backdrop to this discussion and help to suggest how both 'Europe' and musical modernism can be understood-via the notion of cosmopolitanism-as dispositions extending beyond their conventional geographical and historical demarcations.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Music Publications
 
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