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At the turn of the twentieth century, one German critic famously dismissed England as “Das Land Ohne Musik.” Many musicologists have since taken issue with the claim; of course, Victorian England played host to all manner of musical performances. Yet something about the old insult sticks in the eye. Whereas some nineteenth-century nations, particularly those influenced by Herder’s notions of Volkspoesie, claimed a palpable link between the land and its culture, England and its metropolitan capital seemed to exhibit an alternative model. In this talk, Dr. Hicks explores the idea of a music without land, taking the history of the Thames Tunnel as a guiding metaphor.
Jonathan Hicks is a postdoctoral fellow at Newcastle University’s Humanities Research Institute. He works on music, theatre, and cultural geography (mainly in Britain) in the nineteenth century.
Illustration from: Marc Isambard Brunel: An Explanation of the Works of the Tunnel under the Thames from Rotherhithe to Wapping, London, Warrington, 1839.
School of Arts, English and Languages
QUB Music Concert Sonic Lab Queens University Belfast Harty Room Concert Seminar On Music Without Land Dr. Jonathan Hicks