Erling E. Guldbrandsen

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Phone +47 22 85 40 65
Mobile phone +47 957 04 737 +47 957 04 737
Room V02-19
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Department of Musicology P.O. Box 1017 Blindern N-0315 Oslo

Presentation at RITMO Largo 2019


  • Music History and Analysis (particularly Western art music from the last three centuries)
  • Challenges to Musicology
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • Cultural Analysis
  • Historiography
  • Interpretation Theory
  • Literary Theory
  • Musical Work-Concept
  • Performance Analysis
  • Musical Listening

Specific Specialisms

  • Musical Time and Form
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Music
  • Pierre Boulez
  • 18th to 20th Century Music
  • Richard Wagner
  • Anton Bruckner
  • Gustav Mahler
  • J.S. Bach
  • Opera
  • Vocal Music
  • Orchestral Music
  • Norwegian Music History

Current Research Activities

  • Musical Time and Form. Project at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo 2018–2028.
  • Style and Interpretation. Orchestral Performance Since 1900
  • Transformations of Musical Modernism. Edited book, Cambridge University Press 2015
  • Performativity in Music and Literature
  • Postwar Modernism: Pierre Boulez, Serialism, Music and Poetry; Modernism and Tradition
  • Norwegian Music History: Norwegian Opera and Programme Music in the wake of Wagner
  • Western Music History: Western Art Music since 1945
  • Changing Conceptions of Performativity: The cases of Wagner, Mahler, and Boulez. This project seeks to reinterpret the borders between composition and performance. It suggests a new understanding of the relation between post-war modernism and the late romantic tradition, viewing this topic as inextricably tied to questions of performativity.


Critique of the year in 2015 by Norsk Kritikerlag for recension entitled "Eventyr for voksne. Richard Wagners 'Lohengrin' på Den Norske Opera & Ballett." In: Morgenbladet, 13 March, 2015. 

Journal Article of the Year in 2006 by University Press for article entitled "Modernist Composer and Mahler Conductor. Changing Conceptions of Performativity in Boulez." In: Studia Musicologica Norvegica 32 (ed. Stan Hawkins), 2006.

His Majesty The King’s Gold Medal in 1996 for doctoral thesis entitled “Tradition and Breaking with Tradition: A Study on Pierre Boulez: Pli selon pli – portrait de Mallarmé.” University Press 1996.

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Tags: Musicology, Music History, Music Analysis, Modernism, Romantic Classical Music, Performativity, Aesthetics and Interpretation Theory, Music and Society
Published May 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Last modified Feb. 4, 2021 4:35 PM