Environmental Perception and Activism through Performance: Alpine Songs and Sound Impressions

Sweers, Britta (2019). Environmental Perception and Activism through Performance: Alpine Songs and Sound Impressions. European Journal of Musicology, 18(1), pp. 138-159. Institut für Musikwissenschaft 10.5450/EJM.18.1.2019.138

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As is argued in this article, a deeper understanding of the relationship between music and performance and environmental aspects in extreme contexts, such as the North and Alpine regions, provides insights into the constantly shifting human concepts of nature. By analyzing historical and modern accounts of nature-related music and performances in the Swiss Alpes, this article discusses the interconnectedness between local traditional performing practices, particularly yodeling, and landscape. It hereby aims at adding a critical and nuanced perspective on the often romanticized interconnectedness between nature and local cultural identity, as expressed by Alpine yodeling and extreme nature. While Alpine Switzerland is indeed exemplary of the process of landscaping through music and sound, it is actually a patchwork of a variety of musical articulations that each reflect environmental concerns and is shaped by the experience of extreme natural surroundings.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

UniBE Contributor:

Sweers, Britta

Subjects:

700 Arts > 780 Music
700 Arts

ISSN:

2504-1916

Publisher:

Institut für Musikwissenschaft

Language:

English

Submitter:

Britta Sweers

Date Deposited:

09 Sep 2020 08:56

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2020 09:04

Publisher DOI:

10.5450/EJM.18.1.2019.138

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146148

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146148

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