Professor Daniel Grimley


Daniel Grimley is Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and Principal Investigator for the project. His research is concerned with music, landscape, and cultural geography, with particular reference to Scandinavian music and early twentieth-century English music. Drawing widely on analytical, historical and critical theoretical models, Dan’s writing examines landscape both as a medium of representation or description and as a mode of embodiment or performance. His work is concerned with the ways in which particular landscapes shape our responses to music and sound, and equally the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment responds to patterns or fields of acoustic perception. Dan’s first monograph, Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity (Boydell and Brewer , 2006), developed a critical reappraisal of cultural nationalism through analysis of the role which music and landscape played in the formation of Norwegian identity in the nineteenth century. His second monograph, on Carl Nielsen, considers landscape as part of a complex engagement with musical modernism, in dialogue with received traditions of identity, structure and narrative.

Dan has taught at the Universities of Surrey (2000-2002) and Nottingham (2002-9), before which he was Centenary Research Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is Principal Investigator of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Network Hearing Landscape Critically, and in 2011 he was Scholar-in-Residence at the Bard Music Festival, for which he edited a volume with Princeton University Press. Future research plans include a monograph on Delius, a wider study of landscape in Nordic Music, 1890-1930, and a co-edited volume on music, landscape, and cultural geography.