Composers / Arne Nordheim / Places catalog

Rombergata School

Arne started to play trombone in the town’s boys brass band, the Larvik Guttemusik, established in 1917. Music reading lessons and rehearsals took place at the school established in 1886 in Rombergata, known for short as "Rombær’n" (closed in 1984). Today it is the town hall building.

Herman Sachnowitz (1921–1978), a Jewish boy living in Larvik with his family, played trumpet in the boys and youth brass bands. In October 1942, his whole family was taken to the extermination camp in Auschwitz. Eight members of his family perished there (his father, three sisters and four brothers; his mother died before the war), Herman was the only one to survive, because he played the trumpet in the camp’s orchestra. He recounted his experience from the camp in Arnold Jacoby's book, Det angår også deg [It concerns you as well].

When Herman came back to Larvik after the war, Arne Nordheim and the whole orchestra greeted him with music at the train station. The two musicians met later many times when Herman Sachnowitz moved to Oslo. Their discussions inspired Arne to study the history of the Jews and to use Hebrew in some of his works.

Nordheim gave up trombone after he moved to Oslo (1948), but his experience with that instrument later gave rise to a number of interesting and playful works for the trombone repertoire:

Help for clarinet, trombone, piano and cello (1972),

The Hunting of the Snark (based on a nonsensical poem by Lewis Caroll) for solo trombone (1980),

The Return of the Snark for trombone and tape (1988; rev. 1990),

Fonos for trombone and orchestra (2003).

Place Category
13 Øvre Jegerborggate, Larvik Other
3 Olavsgate, Larvik Other
Artists' House Other
Arts Council Norway Other
Bayreuth Appearances
Bekkelaget Sewage Treatment Plant Other
Bergen Festival Appearances
Brekstad in Ørland commune Other
British Broadcasting Corporation Radio / TV
Calmeyergaten Mission House Appearances
City Hall Other
Concertgebouw Appearances
Concert Palace Appearances
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Den Nationale Scene Appearances
Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Publishers / Bookshops
Feliks Nowowiejski Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic Appearances
Festiviteten Other
Grieghallen Appearances
“Grotto” Flats
Håkonshallen Appearances
Henie-Onstad Art Centre in Baerum Education
Hergisheim Flats
International Bach Academy Appearances
Israeli Radio Radio / TV
Israel Music Institute Other
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Other
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Appearances
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Appearances
Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Education
Larvik church Churches / Places of worship
Lillehammer – Winter Olympic Games Other
Lodge Theatre Performance spaces
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Appearances
National Library Education
National Theatre Performance spaces
Netherlands Dance Theatre
New Music Association
Nidaros Cathedral Churches / Places of worship
Norwegian Academy of Music Education
Norwegian Opera Other
Norwegian Opera at the Folk Theatre Appearances
Norwegian Society of Composers Other
Norwegian Theatre I Other
Norwegian Theatre II Other
Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU Education
NOTAM Education
NRK radio and television Radio / TV
Observatory Other
Old Lodge (Gamle Logen) Appearances
Orchester der Württembergischen Staatsoper Appearances
Osaka Congress Hall (EXPO 70)
Oslo Cathedral Churches / Places of worship
Oslo Conservatory of Music Education
Oslo Philharmonic Appearances
Polish Radio Experimental Studio Radio / TV
Quality Hotel Grand Farris Hotels / Inns
“Rendezvous” for strings Appearances
Rombergata School Education, Other
Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York Other
Royal Swedish Academy of Music Education
Santori Horu (Suntory Hall) Appearances
Storedal Cultural Centre Other
Swedish Radio Radio / TV
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg Appearances
Teatro La Fenice Performance spaces
Theatre Café Coffeehouses
Town Hall in Gdańsk Other
Trento Other
University Aula Other
Wailing Wall Churches / Places of worship
Warsaw Autumn Performance spaces
Witold Lutosławski Society Other