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Edition Wilhelm Hansen

The publishing firm of Wilhelm Hansen was founded by Jens Wilhelm Hansen in 1857 and went on to become one of the major music publishing houses in Northern Europe. In 1988, it was bought by Music Sales. Wilhelm Hansen published works by the leading Nordic composers, including Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. Continuing that tradition, during the 1950s, the firm put its faith in enterprising young composers. Vagn Holmboe and Per Nørgaard were satisfied with their work with Wilhelm Hansen, and Arne Nordheim doubtless counted on his music gaining greater international popularity through Wilhelm Hansen than with any of the Norwegian publishers, since he noticed that the publishing firm, located at that time on Kongens Nytorv, was actively promoting its publications in festivals and musical institutions throughout Europe.

On 27 April 1961, Nordheim signed his first contract with Wilhelm Hansen. The first work he had published by WH was Canzona for orchestra, which over subsequent years was performed in many European venues. Hansen must have had great faith in Nordheim, since the contract included the rights to the first edition of all his future works and the automatic renewal of the contract every three years. Wilhelm Hansen’s active promotion of Nordheim’s music was a crucial factor behind the many foreign commissions received by the composer.

Due to the publishing of his works in Copenhagen, Nordheim’s music was also performed there many times. Aftonland was performed at Danish Radio in 1959, and in 1964 Ivon Cramér’s ballet Katharsis, with music by Nordheim, was staged at the Royal Theatre. In 1979, the same theatre was the venue for a production of Glen Tetley’s ballet Greening with Nordheim’s music.

For the accordionist Mogens Ellegaard, the guitarist Ingolf Olsen and the percussionist Bent Lylloff, forming the Trio Mobile ensemble, Nordheim wrote many works, which the trio performed in concerts around Denmark, Sweden and Poland. (jc)

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