Composers / Arne Nordheim / Places catalog


The Observatory is the oldest university building in Oslo. Built in 1833, to a design by Christian H. Grosch, until 1999 it housed the reading room and archive of the Norwegian Music Collection (Norsk Musikksamling), a branch of the University Library. During his studies (1948–1952), Nordheim would come here often when he wanted to borrow scores by Gustav Mahler or other music he was working on. In 1999, the Observatory regained all its original astronomic equipment, and the building now serves as an educational centre for the natural sciences, where pupils of the capital’s schools, from year seven up, can learn more about the universe.

In 2001, Arne Nordheim, celebrating his seventieth birthday, was awarded a truly celestial distinction. The International Astronomical Union announced that his name had been given to a planetoid from the main belt of planetoids, with number 3457, earlier identified as 1985 RA3, with the following explanation: “The Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim is one of the most influential musical voices of his country, and he has achieved wide international acclaim. He has on several occasions found inspiration in the heavens, as in his Celestial Mechanics, written for the opening ceremony of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer”. The Arnenordheim planetoid was discovered on 5 September 1985 by Henri Degehogne of the European Southern Observatory.

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