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National Theatre

The National Theatre in Christiania (now Oslo) was opened on 1 September 1899. Its first director was the son of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Bjørn. The opening ceremony featured music by the most prominent Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg, and words by the most famous authors, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and Henrik Ibsen. The composer Johan Halvorsen became concertmaster of the National Theatre orchestra, most of the members of which created the Philharmonic Orchestra in 1919. The Theatre had to rely on a much smaller orchestra for many years; today, musicians, ensembles or orchestras are hired for individual shows.

Arne Nordheim received his first commission from the National Theatre in the autumn of 1957, writing incidental music to Solveig Christov's play Det hemmelige regnskap [The secret report], which had its premiere on 21 February 1958. The play's success resulted in commissions for music to three more plays, in 1960: Molière’s Don Juan, Euripides’ Medea (overture) and Bjørnson's Signurd Slembe. The last of the compositions raised the most interest: due to the lack of performers in the National Theatre ensemble, Nordheim pre-recorded the music and played it to the audience from the foyer via the speaker system in the orchestra pit. During the recording in the University Aula, he put microphones in unexpected places, foregrounding usually unheard sounds from the percussion and brass instruments, additionally controlling the sound and adjusting it on the console. The music to Sigurd Slembe was the first taped music in Norway composed solely for the theatre.

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