Composers / Arne Nordheim / Places catalog

Lillehammer – Winter Olympic Games

In 1994, Arne Nordheim, among many other composers, received a commission to compose music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Additionally, he composed the music drama Draumkvedet, which was staged at the Norwegian Theatre as a part of the Olympic cultural programme. The huge initial idea was based on the fact that the music would be presented to the whole world. He devised a global concert broadcast via satellite between the five continents, referring to a five-city concert prepared for the anniversary of the NRK. For numerous reasons, the project did not come to fruition. Instead, several earlier Nordheim works were adapted to the required time during both ceremonies. The appearance of the Norwegian royal family was marked by the sound of Venit Rex (1986) for signal band, mixed choir, symphony orchestra, pipe organ and bells. During the lighting of the Olympic fire, Varder [Beacons] (1986) for eight or more trumpets and orchestra was played. Then during the artistic part “A long time ago…”, several earlier works by Nordheim were used: Ohm for lur and tape, The Hunting of the Snark for trombone and tape, Lamentationes III for choir and Listen for piano.

During the closing ceremony, in the “Trolls” part of the artistic programme, excerpts from Nordheim’s orchestral piece Magma were performed, and in the official part of the ceremony – Lux illuxit.

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