Composers / Arne Nordheim / Routes


Trasa Trondheim, Lillehammer, Brekstad, Skjeberg

This route starts at the Stordal Centre for Culture and Art in Skjeberg, a specially arranged park for the visually impaired. In 1968, Arne Haukeland and Arne Nordheim created here the aural sculpture ‘Ode to Light’. Nordheim’s electronic music, partly produced at the Experimental Studio in Warsaw, is modified under the effect of the landscape’s illumination.

The next stop – Lillehammer – was the venue for the Winter Olympics in 1994. Arne Nordheim’s music, comprising elements of earlier works, was used here during the lighting of the Olympic torch and during the opening and closing ceremonies.

The route then leads us to the Hannah Ryggen Centre at the Ørland Cultural Centre in Brekstad, where fabrics by that artist are displayed. Nordheim was a frequent visitor to this centre, and in 1993 he composed a work for the centenary of Hannah Ryggen’s birth.

The last point on this route is Trondheim, where Nordheim worked with Sigurd Saue, from the local Norwegian University of Science and Technology, on many electronic music projects. In 1997, Nordheim’s monumental oratorio Nidaros, written for the millennium of Trondheim’s founding,was first performed at Trondheim Cathedral. That work constitutes a summary of Nordheim’s oeuvre. (jc)