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.
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 various 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 (Hamburg): The Persecution of Musicians during the Nazi Era. Biographical Specifics and Research Conditions
Andreas Bußmann (Münster): Ambition and Failure. Music Politics under Gulbrand Lunde and Rolf Fuglesang
Harald Herresthal (Oslo): The Deutsches Theater and the Nazi Cultural Propaganda in Oslo
Ivar Roger Hansen (Trondheim): “National Values in our Music”. The Cultural and Political Platform of the Composer David Monrad Johansen, 1924-1945
Manfred Heidler (Bonn): “Music in Uniform” – The German Apparatus of Repression and its Acoustic Symbolism
Ina Rupprecht (Münster): Leisure vs. Culture. Musical Troop Entertainment for German Soldiers in Norway
Wednesday, 27.3.2019 / 9-15h
Arvid Vollsnes (Oslo/Bergen): The Norwegian Society of Composers’ 25th Anniversary 1943 – Some Aspects on Their Music Competition
Arnulf Mattes (Bergen): The Nordic Tone in Anne-Marie Ørbeck’s War-Time Compositions
Michael Custodis (Münster): Remote Resistance. Norwegian Musicians in Swedish Exile
Sjur Bringeland (Bergen): Defining Artistic Sincerity. The Case of Geirr Tveitt 1945