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Arnulf Christian Mattes

Associate Professor, Senter for Griegforskning, UiB
  • E-mailArnulf.Mattes@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Senter for Griegforskning, UiB
    Strømgaten 6
    5015 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

My current research projects: 

  • Music, Monumentalism, and Commemoration in Norway 1905 – 2005.    
  • Trolls in the Media: Stagings and Adaptations of Ibsen/Grieg’s Peer Gynt since 1900.
  • Expressive Sites and Intimate Relationships: The Social Practice of Chamber Music in Norway 1900–1950
  • The Compositional Poetics of Fartein Valen and its Theological Sources

My research interests:

History of Western Music; Nordic music of the 19th and 20th Century; Norwegian composers (Grieg, Valen, Monrad Johansen); Musical modernism and Arnold Schönberg; Critical historiography; Cultural memory; Exile studies; Music and Religion; Modernism and Modernity; Music Philosophy of Adorno; Theories of performance; History of recorded music; Music criticism and analysis.  

Mattes, Arnulf Christian; Njåstad, Marthe & Custodis, Michael (2016). Grieg vart brukt i politisk dragkamp under krigen. På høyden and forskning.no: http://pahoyden.no/2016/09/grieg-vart-brukt-i-politisk-dragkamp-under-krigen; http://forskning.no/historie-musikk/2016/09/grieg-vart-brukt-i-politisk-dragkamp-under-krigen [Tidsskrift].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2016). Fêtes Galantes - CD with songs of Fauré and Debussy - Bettina Smith (mezzo soprano), Einar Røttingen (piano) –- LAWO - LWC 1116. [Booklet - Introductory essay].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2016). Fartein Valen, Max Reger og deres univers. Introduksjon til konserten med Valen trio. Sæverud Museum, Bergen [Pre-concert talk].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2016). Fra klisjé til motiv: Om "inderlighet" i Fartein Valens Goethe-sanger'. Fartein Valen Festival, Haugesund and Valevåg [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Bjørgan, Kjetil (2015). NRK P2 Spillerom: Fartein Valen - Norges første modernist. NRK Radio [Radio].  

Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Sandmo, Sigurd (2015). Introduksjon. Kunst i kamp I: Signe Lund og David Monrad Johansen. Edvard Grieg Museum, Bergen [Pre-concert talk].

Dagsland, Sissel Hamre & Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2015). Til Grieg-senteret med Fartein Valen. Bergen [Tidsskrift].  

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2015). 'Paris 1928: En "meget interessant konsert". Om Valens møte med den andre wienerskolens framføringstradisjon'. Fartein Valen Festival, Haugesund and Valevåg [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Aust, Markus (2014). Eimert revisted- Eimert revisité – Les débuts de la musique électronique et du Studio WDR, Electron Festival, Genève [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2014). Verdenskrigen og modernismen i musikken. The war to end all wars – Fritt Ord arrangementserie Litteraturhuset, Oslo [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2013). Schönbergs Erwartung und Pappenheims libretto. Eksamenskonsert Elise Gillebo, Jakob kirke, Oslo [Pre-concert talk].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2013). Towards Art Beyond Angst: Arnold Schoenberg's Colours - Open Forum, Oslo Academy of the Arts [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Aust, Markus (2013). the pre-stockhausen era: wdr and the beginnings of electronic music, Ultima Academy, Ultima Festival, Oslo [Open seminar].

Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Møller, Thomas Erma (2013). Noter 2.0. Om gjenopplivelsen av den norske musikkarven, Åpen dag, Department of Music, UiO.

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2012). Det Norske Solistkor - 'Brytninger' med korverk av Fartein Valen, Olivier Messiaen, Anton Webern og Alban Berg. BIS-records 2012 [Booklet - Introductory essay]. 

Mattes, Arnulf Christian (2012). Musikkhistorie-formidling i skolen: Pedagogiske tradisjoner og metodiske utfordringer, Faglig-pedagogisk dag, University of Oslo.

History of 19th and 20th Century Western music; Nordic music; History of music philosophy; Theory of Science in Musicology (Ex.fac.); Edvard Grieg; Fartein Valen, Arnold Schönberg; Musical Modernism; Music and Nationalism; History of music recordings. 

Bachelor course at Grieg Academy: Griegstudier MVK104

Journal articles
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2017. Norsk musikkliv 1930-45: Nye funn og ny forskning. ballade.no. Published 2017-06-07.
  • Custodis, Michael; Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2016. Zur Kategorie des "Nordischen" in der norwegischen Musikgeschichte 1930-45. Archiv für Musikwissenschaft. 73: 166-184.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2016. Leder/Editorial. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 42: 3-9.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2015. Leder. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 41: 3-5.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2014. Leder/Editorial. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 40: 3-9.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2013. ‘Keine Rührung – Erkenntnis!’ The Aesthetics of Espressivo in the ‘Performance Theories’ of Arnold Schoenberg and Rudolf Kolisch. Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning. 95: 109-120.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2013. Leder/editorial. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 39: 3-8.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2011. Radiant Moments of Remembrance: on Sound Sheets in Schoenberg's Late Chamber Works. Twentieth Century Music. 6: 43-62.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2010. Arnold Schönberg's Death dance of the principles and the transformation of colours in his atonal music :. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 36. 122-132.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2006. Andsnes - til å få gåsehud av. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). Published 2006-10-31.
Reports and theses
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2007. Reflected Colors – Reflective Forms: On the Interpretation of Arnold Schoenberg’s Late Chamber Music Works. Acta Humaniora. 283. 259 pages.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 1999. Das 2. Streichquartett mit Gesang op. 10 von Arnold Schönberg - Historische Studie und Werkanalyse. 193 pages.
Book sections
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian; Custodis, Michael. 2018. Chapter 5: The ‘Nordic’ as a Category in Norwegian Music History, 1930–45. Chapter 5, pages . In:
    • Cowgill, Rachel; Scott, Derek B. 2018. Music and Ideas of the North. Routledge. 420 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2291-4.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2015. Performance as critique. Chapter 13, pages 245-263. In:
    • Guldbrandsen, Erling E.; Johnson, Julian. 2015. Transformations of Musical Modernism. Cambridge University Press. 366 pages. ISBN: 9781107127210.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2012. Vestens musikkhistorie. Kap. 7, del 2. Modernismen i fin-de-siècle Wien og Weimarrepublikkens Berlin, pages 264-281. In:
    • Hovland, Erlend. 2012. Vestens musikkhistorie: Fra 1600 til vår tid. Cappelen Damm AS. 448 pages. ISBN: 9788202277284.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian. 2006. Zur Konstellation von Ausdruck und Spiel in Schönbergs Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment op. 47. Kap. 12, pages 227-242. In:
    • Meyer, Christian. 2006. Arnold Schönbergs Schachzüge - Dodekaphonie und Spiele und Konstruktionen. 319 pages. ISBN: 9783902012104.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Currently, I'm working on a book project with the title: Music, Monumentalism, and Commemoration in Norway 1905 – 2005.  

2017–2020: Expressive Sites and Intimate Relationships: The Social Practice of Chamber Music in Norway 1920–1960. Sub-project in cooperation with Grieg Academy, UiB. 3.5 mill grant from the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. Read more here.

2016–2017: Grieg Research Guide - Online bibliography and work catalogue. 
Project funded by the National library's innovation grant (NKR 350 000). 
Read more here.

2012–2017: Project funded by the Norwegian Research Council under the FRIPRO scheme entitled ‘Fartein Valen: The Atonal Pioneer and Modernistic Bearer of Tradition - a critical, analytical, historical and philological edition study’