Composers / Arne Nordheim / Places catalog

Norwegian Theatre II

In 1985, the Norwegian Theatre moved to a new building at 8 Kristian IVs gate. Previously, since 1945, it had been based in a tenement house at 16 Stortingsgata. At the new address, in 1991, the theatre company presented Sophocles’ Antigone, in a translattion by poet Halldis Moren Vesaas and with Arne Nordheim’s music for E flat clarinet, contrabass clarinet, sampler, percussion and cello. The electronic layer of the music was created in cooperation with Mats Claesson in the Electronic Music Studio at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 1994, at the Lillehamer Winter Olympic Games, an anononymous mediaeval ballad-style vision poem, Draumkvedet, a kind of parallel of Dante’s Divine Comedy, was performed with Nordheim's music. The melodies to the ballad-poem were written down in the mid nineteenth century by Ludvig Mathas Lindeman, who also arranged them for choir. In the twentieth century, the old folk melodies inspired many Norwegian composers to write oratorios, choral works and compositions for piano or organ based on this thematic material. Arne Nordheim created an entirely new musical expression, bringing his work as close as possible to an operatic form. Draumkvedet is one of the key works in his oeuvre.

In 1998, Liv Ullmann debuted as a theatre director with Paul Claudel’s Partage du midi, a drama about worldly and erotic needs as opposed to religious vocation and divine love. It was first performed as a radio play in 1969 under the title Midday Solstice, with tape music by Arne Nordheim.

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