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Arnulf Christian Mattes

Associate Professor, Leader of Centre for Grieg Research, UiB
  • E-mailArnulf.Mattes@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Senter for Griegforskning, UiB
    Strømgaten 6
    5015 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5020 Bergen

Specialisms:

Historical Musicology (19th and 20th Century) 

Music historiography and Cultural memory

Historical performance practice since 1900

Musical modernism and Arnold Schönberg

Nordic music and Norwegian Music from Edvard Grieg to Fartein Valen

Ballade.no, 7. juni 2017: Norsk musikkliv 1930-45: Nye funn og ny forskning

Forskning.no, 2. oktober 2016: Grieg vart brukt i politisk dragkamp under krigen.

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.

Teaching areas:

Historical musicology 19th and 20th century, music aesthetics, performance studies, Nordic music, musicology theory of science

Courses:

Fall term 2018: Griegstudier MVK104. Undergraduate course, musicology program UiB.

Fall term 2017: Griegstudier MVK104. Undergraduate course, musicology program UiB. 

Fall term 2016: Griegstudier MVK104. Undergraduate course, musicology program UiB. 

Currently, I'm working on a book project on the 'Nordic Tone in the 20th Century'. 

Recent publications: 

Mattes, Arnulf: ’Geschichtsschreibung und nationales Kulturerbe: Zur Griegforschung in Norwegen’, in: Beitragsarchiv des Internationalen Kongresses der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Mainz 2016 – »Wege der Musikwissenschaft«, hrsg. von Gabriele Buschmeier und Klaus Pietschmann [http://schott-campus.com/gfm-jahrestagung-2016], Mainz 2017. 

Custodis, Michael and Mattes, Arnulf: ‘The “Nordic” as a Category of Norwegian Music History, 1930–45’, Ch. 4, in: Music and Ideas of North, ed. Rachel Cowgill and Derek Scott (in press: Routledge, 2018) [pre-order: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Idea-North-Rachel-Cowgill/dp/1409422917].

Custodis, Michael and Mattes, Arnulf: ’Celebrating the Nordic Tone - Fighting for National Legacy - The Grieg Centennials 1943’, in The Routledge Handbook to Music under German Occupation, ed. David Fannings and Erik Levi (forthcoming: Routledge, 2018).

'Zur Kategorie des ”Nordischen“ in der norwegischen Musikgeschichte 1930–45', co-authored with Michael Custodis, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, 73, (2016/3), p. 166–184.

’Performance as Critique’, in: Transformations of Modernism (Music since 1900), ed. Julian Johnson, and Erling E. Guldbrandsen (Cambridge University Press, 2015), p. 245–263.

Books
  • Mattes, Arnulf; Custodis, Michael. 2019. The Nordic Ingredient. European Nationalisms and Norwegian Music since 1905. Waxmann Verlag. 200 pages. ISBN: 9783830938965.
  • Loos, Helmut; Dinslage, Patrick; Loos, Helmut; Mattes, Arnulf. 2018. Edvard Grieg, sein Umfeld, seine Nachfolge. Neue Forschungen. 358 pages. ISBN: 9783926196774.
Journal articles
  • Mattes, Arnulf. 2017. Leder. Studia Musicologica Norvegica. 42: 5-8.
  • 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; Custodis, Michael. 2018. "Die Gratulanten kommen" - Der Kampf um Griegs Erbe 1943. Kap. 18, pages 340-358. In:
    • Loos, Helmut; Dinslage, Patrick; Loos, Helmut; Mattes, Arnulf. 2018. Edvard Grieg, sein Umfeld, seine Nachfolge. Neue Forschungen. 358 pages. ISBN: 9783926196774.
  • 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)

Ongoing research projects: 

2016–: 'Transforming the Nordic - Music and Politics in Norway 1930–45'. Cooperation with DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT (DFG). Funding from GOETHE INSTITUT NORWAY. Read more here.

2017–: '(Un-)settling Sites and Styles: Performers in Search of New Expressive Means. Sub-project. Cooperation with Grieg Academy and NORWEGIAN ARTISTIC RESEARCH PROGRAMME. Read more here.

2016–: 'Grieg Research Guide' - Online bibliography and work catalogue. Digital development initiative in cooperation with Centre for Grieg Resrarch, University Library Bergen and Bergen Public Library. Funding from the NORWEGIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY. Read more here.