2nd instalment of
DYM volume 42 ·


Starting with volume 41, DYM appears conlinuously in sections during the year. New articles, reviews and other matter will be released as they are ready for publication.

The most recent complete issue is volume 41 of 2017.

Volume 40 appeared in November 2016.

All volumes (1–42) can be accessed online in the DYM archive.


Danish Yearbook of Musicology, volume 42 · 2018


Section 1 · Articles (volume 42:1)

Vanja Ljubibratić,
Wagnerian Aesthetics as Expressionist Foundations of Alban Berg’s Music and the Russian Silver Age, pp. 24–53

Richard Wagner, Alban Berg, and intellectuals of the Russian Silver Age are compared and contrasted in ways that draw up specific examples of how Wagner’s theories and aesthetics were integral in forming the morals and perceptions of Berg and the Russians, both for their personal truths as well as for that of their art. The concept of Expressionism is the cement that fuses all these ideals and individuals across the aesthetic landscape between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. Wagner is shown to be a forerunner of Expressionism due to his early ideas about the role of culture in society. The article also reveals that his later, more important preoccupation with inner states of consciousness and being were recognized and valued by Expressionists from a variety of art forms. The important distinction being, however, that recognition of these traits within Wagner’s output was only the beginning. Indeed, both Berg and the Russians would appropriate Wagnerian ideals for their own purposes, thereby simultaneously evolving and morphing the foundation that Wagner established for them in order to enact the changes they felt to be natural and necessary.


Section 2 · Reviews (volume 42:2)

Jens Westergaard Madsen, Klaverworkshop & Modelkomposition. Copenhagen: Books on Demand, 2018. Reviewed by Jens Rasmussen, pp. 27–33



Contents of 1st instalment:


Section 1 · Articles (volume 42:1)

Alexander Lotzow,
Niels Wilhelm Gade’s Frühlings-Botschaft op. 35 and the Art of Musical Idyll, pp. 3–23

Drawing on Friedrich Schiller’s theory of idyll in poetry, the text asks for the relevance of idyll for the music of Niels W. Gade, exemplarily with regard to his choral-orchestral Frühlings-Botschaft op. 35 to a text by Emanuel Geibel. Contemporary reception, which explicitly classified the piece as ‘idyll’, praised it for several decades. Analysis of text and music suggests that this connectivity might be the consequence of the composition’s managing of creating a hypertrophy of aesthetic and structural layers, yet in an ulterior manner. With regard to Schiller’s utopia of Elysian idyll, Gade’s composition appears to come close to its ideal: by evoking tension without struggle, idyll without stagnancy. And it might be these kinds of assets that form not only a central trait of Gade’s choralorchestral work but of his music in general.


Section 2 · Reviews (volume 42:2)

Thomas Holme,
Værkfortegnelser (Nielsen, Hartmann og Scheibe). Review essay, pp. 3–20

Niels Bo Foltmann, Axel Teich Geertinger, Peter Hauge, Niels Krabbe, Bjarke Moe and Elly Bruunshuus Petersen), Catalogue of Carl Nielsen’s Works. Danish Humanist Texts and Studies, 53.
Copenhagen: The Royal Library / Museum Tusculanum Press, 2016.

Inger Sørensen, J. P. E. Hartmann. Thematic-bibliographic Catalogue of his Works. Danish Humanist Texts and Studies, 56. Copenhagen: The Royal Library / Museum Tusculanum Press, 2017

Peter Hauge, Johann Adolph Scheibe. A Catalogue of His Works. Danish Humanist Texts and Studies, 58. Copenhagen: The Royal Library / Museum Tusculanum Press, 2017

Steen Kaargaard Nielsen and Claus Byrith, Danmarks første lydoptagelser. Edisons fonograf i 1890’ernes København. Aarhus: Det Kgl. Bibliotek og Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2017. Reviewed by Holger Schulze, pp. 21–23

Alexander Lotzow, Das Sinfonische Chorstück im 19. Jahrhundert. Studien zur einsätzigen weltlichen Chorwerken mit Orchester von Beethoven bis Brahms.
Kieler Schriften zur Musikwissenschaft, 55. Bärenreiter: Kassel 2017.
Reviewed by Peder Kaj Pedersen, pp. 24–26


Section 4 · Reports and Editorial (volume 42:4)

Research projects

Christine Jeanneret,
French Performing Arts in Denmark during the Eighteenth-Century: The French Myth in Migration
Simon Skovgaard Boeck, Axel Teich Geertinger, Bjarke Moe, Marita Akhøj Nielsen,
Musik og sprog i reformationstidens danske salmesang
Katarina Smitt Engberg,
Carl Nielsen and the Turn-of-the-Century Culture
Katrine Wallevik,
Flow Or Stop? How Culture Matters in P3’s Music Radio Programming – pp. 3–10