Listening/Reading list

Listening to the twentieth century and beyond

(MUS 2501/4501)


Course leader: Tanja Orning





Cathy Berberian: Stripsody (1966).

Biosphere/Deathprod: Nordheim transformed (1995).

Pierre Boulez: Pli selon pli – portrait de Mallarmé: 4th mvt.: "A la nue accablante tu" (1983)

James Brown: “The Payback” (1973), “Sex Machine” (1970), “I got the feelin'” (1968).

Deadmaus5: “Raise your weapon” (2011).

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'une faune (1894).

Lars Petter Hagen: The Artist's Despair Before the Grandeur of Ancient Ruins (2011).

György Ligeti: Atmosphères (1961).

Helmut Lachenmann: Kontrakadenz (1970/71)

Gustav Mahler, excerpts from

Symphonies no 1, 1st movement (beginning) (1886), no 3, last mvt. (excerpt) (1898),

Das Lied von der Erde, last mvt.: "Der Abschied" (excerpt) (1908)

Arne Nordheim, The Tempest (excerpt) (1979). Evening Land (excerpt) (1957).

Pink Floyd: “Wish you were here” (1975).

Radiohead: “Paranoid Android” (1997).

Maja Ratkje: Dance Macabre (excerpt) (2009)

Reich, Steve: Music for pieces of wood (1973), Clapping Music (1972).

Salvatore Sciarrino: Lo spazio inverso (1985)

Simon Steen-Andersen: Rerendered (2003)

Franz Schubert: ”Erlkönig”  (1815) feat. Charles Pantera, Dieter Fischer Diskau, Barbara Sukowa.

Arnold Schönberg: “Der kranke Mond” from Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21 (1912).

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge (1955-6).

Kraftwerk: “Mensch-Maschine” (1978).

Kurt Schwitters: Ursonata (excerpt) (1922-32).

The Beatles: “Happiness is a warm gun” (1968).

David Toop: Buried Dreams (excerpt) (1994).

Richard Wagner Lohengrin Prelude to Act I (1846-48).

Kurt Weill: “Lost in the stars” feat. Lotte Lenya, Todd Duncan, Radka Toneff

Hauk Buen (Hardanger fiddle):

Per Gudmundson (fiddle):


Two versions of the reel Farewell to Ireland:

Cathal Hayden: (first tune in set)

Frankie Gavin: (first tune in set) (from 00:35 to 01:40)

Tommie Potts:

Séamus Egan (flute):



Barthes, Roland: “The Death of the Author,” pp. 142–48, “From Work to Text” pp. 155–64, “The grain of the voice”, pp. 179-189, in Image, Music, Text. (Transl. S. Heath.) London: Fontana Paperbacks, 1977.

Blonk, Jaap, van Peer, René: “Sounding the outer limits”, Leonardo Music Journal vol 15. 2005, p. 62-68.

Clarke, Eric: ‘Listening to Performance’, in John Rink (ed.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 185-196.

Clarke, Eric: Ways of Listening. An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 3–48.

Cook Nicholas: Music, A Very Short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Danielsen, Anne: Presence and Pleasure. The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament. 2006. Wesleyan University Press. Chapter 8, pp. 150-171.

Demers, Joanna: “Part III Situation. 5 Site in Ambient, Soundscape, and Field Recordings. 6 Genre, Experimentalism, and the Musical Frame”, in Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 113-154.

Elliot, Martha: “Working With Living Composers” (Ch. 9) in Singing in style. A guide to vocal performance practices, p. 286-306.

Griffiths, Paul: Modern Music and After. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Heathcote, Abigail. “Sound Structures, Transformations, and Broken Magic : An Interview with Helmut Lachenmann.” In Contemporary Music: Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives. Edited by Irène Deliège and Max Paddison, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 331–48.

Mogharabi, Amir: “On Henri Bergson and Improvisation. Interview with Maja Ratkje”, at (5 p.)

Johansson, Mats: Chapter 2.2, “Identifying the core of performance style – the individual-expressive level of the generic framework.” pp. 36-49. Chapter 7, Conclusions and implications, pp. 237-270. 

Leppert, Richard: “Music ‘Pushed to the Edge of Existence’ (Adorno, Listening, and the Question of Hope”, in Cultural Critique 60, Spring 2005, pp. 110-124.

Ross, Alex: The Rest is Noise. Listening to the Twentieth Century. New York: Picador, 2007.

Tinker, Benjamin Ethan: "Kineticism and Inclusiveness in the Music of Maja Ratkje", at (3 p.)

Toop, David: “Sound Body: ‘The Ghost of a Program’”, Leonardo Music Journal vol 15. 2005, p. 28-35 (8 p.)

Wörner, Karl H.: “New Music and Society”, in Stockhausen. Life and Work. California: University of California Press, 1977, pp. 172-222.


Supplementary literature for Master candidates:


The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music (eds. N Cook and A Pople). Cambridge 2004, the following four chapters:

Chapter 13: “New Beginnings: the international avant-garde, 1945–62.” (David Osmond-Smith), pp. 336–363.

Chapter 17: “Expanding horizons: the international avant-garde, 1962–75.” (Richard Toop), pp. 453–477. 

Chapter 18: “To the millennium: music as twentieth-century commodity.” (Andrew Blake), pp. 478–505.

Chapter 19: “Ageing of the new: the museum of musical modernism.” (Alastair Williams), pp. 506–538.

Dibben, Nicola: “Musical Materials, Perception, and Listening.” The Cultural Study of Music. (Eds. M Clayton et al.) New York: Routledge, 2003, pp. 193–203.

Finnegan, Ruth: “Music, Experience, and the Anthropology of Emotion.” The Cultural Study of Music. (Eds. M Clayton et al.) New York: Routledge, 2003, pp. 181–192.


Supplementary Norwegian reading

Borchgrevink, Hild: 'Diamanter i en rød Volvo - Samtale med Arne Nordheim, i Høvikodden Live 1968-2007, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 2007, p. 166-68


Buene, Eivind: Dobbeltliv, Oslo: Cappelen Damm, 2014. 

Publisert 2. juli 2020 13:12 - Sist endret 2. juli 2020 13:12