11 Facts About Arne Nordheim


Arne Nordheim was elected an honorary member of the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1997.


On 18 August 2006, Arne Nordheim received a doctor honoris causa degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music.


Arne Nordheim died at the age of 78 and was given a state funeral.


At the then Oslo Conservatory of Music, where Nordheim studied from 1948 to 1952, he started out as a theory and organ student, but changed to composition, studying with Karl August Andersen, Bjarne Brustad, and Conrad Baden.


In 2005, many lost and forgotten tapes of electronic compositions for radio drama for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation were rediscovered, reminding us that Arne Nordheim developed his electronic musical language in his home country.


Originally conceived for orchestra and chorus, Arne Nordheim realised that his wish to have the whole performance space 'singing' was better achieved with the use of electronic means.


Arne Nordheim Norheim was inspired by the neumes and the sound of the medieval bells in Kaupanger stave church in composing the work Klokkesong, which was first performed in the church.


The work marks the start of a new development phase, in which Arne Nordheim proved that he could create electrophonic-sounding timbres from conventional instruments.


Arne Nordheim was a great admirer of playwright Henrik Ibsen and devoted time to study his life and literary output.


Arne Nordheim composed music for Den Nationale Scene's performance of Peer Gynt.


In later years, Arne Nordheim suffered from dementia, and expired early on Saturday 5 June 2010, following a prolonged bout of illness.