Using landscape as its unifying concept, this engaging book explores orchestral music that represents real and imagined physical and cultural spaces, natural forces, and humans and wildlife. Spanning continents and centuries, David Knight links contrasting forms of music through unifying themes of time and space; waterscapes; mythic spaces; extreme landscapes; and realms of death, survival, and remembrance. Orchestral works are rarely perceived in geographical terms, but the author, himself an accomplished geographer and musician, offers a deeply satisfying approach to interpreting and appreciating a wide range of music. Comparing classic masterworks from Europe and Russia alongside more recent compositions from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and China, this innovative study offers a fresh understanding of the links between music and the worlds around us.
David B. Knight is a geographer who has been on the faculties of Macalester College, De Paul University, Carleton University, and the University of Guelph. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with groups in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Introduction: Soundscapes, Geography, and Music Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Time and Space Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Waterscapes: Towards a Sea of Tranquility Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Specific and Generalized Landscapes Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Imagined and Mythic Landscapes Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Searching for Meaning in Landscapes of Extremes Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Landscapes of Death, Survival, and Remembrance Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Music in Places Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Conclusion Chapter 11 Appendix: On Soundscapes and the Geography of Music Chapter 12 References