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NR 5 2010Theme: Tonality's revenge


Swedish music out of the refrigerator

The music scene in our country has long been characterised by an art that turns a deaf ear to its audience. A small coterie of composers kept competition and alternative influences at bay. The way out of sectarian modernism has been to reconnect with and become grounded in Swedish choral singing and folk music.

The Politburo of Music

Modernity in music is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. The much used word 'modernism' is also a catch-all definition which leaves questions still hanging in the air. It is a word, like 'socialism' or 'spirituality' that can easily be hijacked by partisan voices who then claim ownership of it and thereafter imbue it with their own narrow, specific, pointed, sectarian and self-justifying aura.

The Post-Modern Ear

Towards the end of the 19th century, and in the wake of Wagner's achievement in Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal, the musical language which had been common property of Western composers since the Renaissance, underwent a crisis.


The delusions of a philosopher

There is nothing so foolish, said Cicero, that some philosopher has not said it.

Editor's Column

Into the arms of the terrorist

How can it be that Swedish publicists show acceptance for political activists convicted of terrorism, while liberal opinion makers are branded as undesirable in Swedish media?

The destructive legacy of a vital culture

Now when we have finally entered the 2010s, there may be reason to reflect that it was indeed in the 1910s that modernism in Europe broke through in earnest.

NR 5 2010

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.


Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Katarina O’Nils Franke
Redaktionsråd: Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund


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