Essays on (De-)Composing the Nation


The idea of this special issue came to us roughly half a decade ago. At that time, we had just completed our respective doctoral studies in composition, both concerned, in different ways, with the rediscovery of local identities, the critical renegotiation of national histories, and the (re)emergence of independence movements. In this context, we were (and are) attracted and repulsed by the discursive pressure of the “nation”, understood, from time to time, as an oppressive colonial institution, as an “imagined community” in Benedict Anderson’s terms (2006), or even as an ideal, independent geopolitical space to be rescued from the sovereignty of other national bodies. As a matter of fact, people in Scotland had just voted in the Independence Referendum when we were starting thinking about potential contributors for this collection.


ANDERSON, B. Imagined Communities. London: Verso, 2006.

COOK, N. Changing the Musical Object: Approaches to Performance Analysis. In BLAŽEKOVIĆ, Z. (org.) Music’s Intellectual History: Founders, Followers and Fads. New York: RILM, 2009, p. 775-790.

KELLER, D.; BARREIRO, D. L., QUEIROZ, M.,; PIMENTA, M. S. Anchoring In Ubiquitous Musical Activities. In: ICMC, 2010.

LUCAS, C. Portfolio of Original Musical Compositions with Written Commentary (Unpublished doctoral thesis). Leeds: University of Leeds, 2012.

MESSINA, Marcello. Provocation is My Goal: A Dialogue with Composer Caroline Lucas. Contemporary Music Review, v. 34, n. 2-3, 2015, p. 210-222.