TITLE

Music, Ice, and the "Geometry of Fear": The Landscapes of Vaughan Williams's Sinfonia Antartica

AUTHOR(S)
Grimley, Daniel M.
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Musical Quarterly;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 91 Issue 1/2, p116
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article explores the navigation of modernist aesthetics in Ralph Vaughan Williams' composition of "Sinfonia Antartica." It outlines the legacy of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's British Antartic Expedition to the South Pole in 1910-1913, which occupies a unique place in the English cultural imagination. According to Vaughan Williams, the association of the Scott myth with the First World War is one of most powerful formative influences on the eventual design of his "Sinfonia Antartica," which can be understood on several levels as a monument to the war dead.
ACCESSION #
37291002

 

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