Centre for Grieg Research
Nordic Music Politics

Joint Conference about music, persecution and resistance

The conference took place 26 – 27 March 2019 in Münster, Germany. It was co-convened by the DFG-project at the Department of Music at Universität Münster and the Grieg Research Centre. Invited speakers came from Norway, Germany, and Austria, discussing the musical life in Norway during occupation 1940–45.

Universität Münster

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For the first time Norway’s musical life during the years of Nazi-Germany’s occupation (1940–45) was featured by an international and interdisciplinary conference. The event covered the full spectrum of persecution, collaboration and resistance. Based on new archival findings leading scholars from Austria, Germany and Norway presented and discussed numerous topics and case studies, such as Nazi cultural politics for the Nordic “Brudervolk”, troop entertainment and military music, the ideological “Gleichschaltung” of Norwegian institutions, unknown and controversial biographies, resistance work of exiled Norwegian artists in Stockholm, and prestigious projects of German-Norwegian cultural propaganda. 


Tuesday, 26.3.2019 / 9-17h

Sophie Fetthauer: The Persecution of Musicians during the Nazi Era. Biographical Specifics and Research Conditions

Andreas Bußmann: Ambition and Failure. Music Politics under Gulbrand Lunde and Rolf Fuglesang

Harald Herresthal: The Deutsches Theater and the Nazi Cultural Propaganda in Oslo

Ivar Roger Hansen: “National Values in our Music”. The Cultural and Political Platform of the Composer David Monrad Johansen, 1924-1945

Manfred Heidler: “Music in Uniform” – The German Apparatus of Repression and its Acoustic Symbolism

Ina Rupprecht: Leisure vs. Culture. Musical Troop Entertainment for German Soldiers in Norway

Wednesday, 27.3.2019 / 9-15h

Arvid Vollsnes: The Norwegian Society of Composers’ 25th Anniversary 1943 – Some Aspects on Their Music Competition

Arnulf Mattes: The Nordic Tone in Anne-Marie Ørbeck’s War-Time Compositions

Michael Custodis: Remote Resistance. Norwegian Musicians in Swedish Exile

Sjur Bringeland: Defining Artistic Sincerity. The Case of Geirr Tveitt 1945

Discussion Panel with Friedrich Geiger, Tom Kristiansen, and Martin Moll