Dan's research is principally concerned with the analysis of music and landscape, with particular reference to Scandinavian music (Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen) and early twentieth-century English music (including Elgar and Vaughan Williams). Drawing widely on analytical, historical and critical theoretical models, Dan's writing examines landscape both as a system of representation or description and as a mode of embodiment, perception, or performance. His 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 most recent book, a monograph on Carl Nielsen for Boydell, considers landscape as part of a complex engagement with musical modernism, in dialogue with received traditions of identity, structure and narrative.
University Lecturer in Music
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. At Nottingham, he convened (with David Matless in the School of Geography) an interdisciplinary seminar series, Spaces of Sound, with visiting scholars and colleagues from a wide range of disciplines: speakers included Philip Bohlman (Chicago), Brian Hyer (Madison Wisconsin), Sara Cohen (Liverpool), and Georgina Born (Oxford). Dan will be the Scholar-in-Residence at the Bard Festival this summer, for which he has edited a volume with Princeton University Press. Future research plans include a monograph on Grieg's incidental music for Peer Gynt, and a wider study of landscape in Nordic Music, 1890-1930, as well as further interdisciplinary initiatives on music, landscape, and environment.
Dan has spoken widely at conferences in the USA, Australia, Canada and Europe, and convened meetings on Nielsen (2001), Elgar (2002), and co-convened (with Sarah Hibberd) the Annual Meeting of the Royal Musical Association at Nottingham in 2006. Dan is one of the editors of the leading peer-review journal Music & Letters (Oxford University Press) with particular responsibility for reviews.