Background and activities

About Magnar Breivik:


– Academic degrees in piano and musicology from The Norwegian Academy of Music, the University of Oslo, and the University of Trondheim/Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Master classes in piano and research visits to Yale University, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York,  Deutsche Filminstitut, Frankfurt am Main and Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin.

– Teaching activities cover music history, film music, music aesthetics, and musical analysis.

– Current research interests include Kurt Weill, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, music from 1890 to WWI, music in exile, music in the Weimar Republic and in Nazi Germany, musical theatre, and film music. 

– Guest lecturer at academic institutions such as Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universidad de Valladolid, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

– 2005-2009: Head of the Department of Music. 

 Select publications

"Musikk og politikk i film. Perspektiver på The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)", Musik och politik, Göteborg etc.: Makadam förlag, 2019.

"Opfer und Einverständnis. Religiøse perspektiver på Brecht og Weills skoleopera Der Jasager", (GEN)KLANGE, Essays tilegnet Nils Holger Petersen, Københavns Universitet, 2016.

"Hindemith: From Vision to Form", Hindemith-Jahrbuch. Annales Hindemith 2013/XLII. Mainz etc.: Schott, 2014.

"From Surabaya to Ellis Island. On two versions of Kurt Weill's 'Surabaya-Johnny', The Impact of Nazism on Twentieth-Century Music, Wien etc.: Böhlau Verlag, 2014.

"Den umulige og opprørende dissonans: En siesta med Alexander Kielland og musikken", Studia Musicologica Norvegica 37, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2011.

Musical Functionalism: The Musical Thoughts of Arnold Schoenberg and Paul Hindemith, Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2011.
 "‘The Lord enlighten our children that they may know the Way that leads to Prosperity': The Seven Deadly Sins AD 1933", Negotiating Heritage: Memories of the Middle Ages, Turnhout/Belgia: Brepols Publishers, 2008.
 "'Driven out of Paradise': Schoenberg on Creation and Construction", Creations: Medieval Rituals, the Arts, and the Concept of Creation, Rites et Artes: Traditions and Transformations, Turnhout/Belgia: Brepols Publishers, 2007.
 "From Operatic ‘Urform' to a ‘New Opera': On Kurt Weill and Musical Theatre", Changing Borders: Contemporary Positions in Intermediality. Lund: Intermedia Studies Press, 2007.
 "'Ein heaven mit Stars statt richtiger Sterne': Paul Hindemith i USA", La livets kilde rinne, Oslo: Norsk Musikforlag A/S, 2007
  "Weill and Brecht's Das Berliner Requiem: A Secular Work in a Sacred Tradition", The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals: Genre and Ritual, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2005.
 "A Twentieth-Century musica instrumentalis: Boethius and Augustine in the Musical Thought of Paul Hindemith", Signs of Change: Transformations of Christian Traditions and their Representation in the Arts, 1000-2000, Amsterdam/New York: Editions Rodopi, 2004.
 "Musikk og fabrikk", Fabrikken, Oslo: Scandinavian Academy Press/Spartacus Forlag AS, 2004.
 "Contexts of Hindemith's Frau Musica", The Arts and the Cultural Heritage of Martin Luther, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2003.
"The Medievalism of Paul Hindemith", Medievalism: The Year's Work for 2001, Bozeman/Montana: Studies in Medievalism, 2002. "'Die Oper: Wohin?': On Kurt Weill's Contributions to a New Opera", Musikklidenskapelig: Årbok 2001, Trondheim: NTNU, Musikkvitenskapelig institutt, 2002.
"A Sermon for Fishes in a Secular Age: On the Scherzo Movement of Mahler's Second Symphony", Voicing the Ineffable: Musical Representations of Religious Experience, New York: Pendragon Press, 2002.
"Fra Jonny til Jeremia: Ernst Krenek, språket og tidens gang", Studia Musicologica Norvegica/26, Oslo: Scandinavian University Press, 2000.
 "Materiale, form og funksjon: Perspektiver på musikken i det 20. århundre", Og bakom larmer fabrikkene: Nr. 2 i Skriftserie fra forskningsprosjektet "Fabrikken", Trondheim: NTNU, 2000.
"The Representation of Sleep and Death in Berg's Piano Songs, op. 2",  Encrypted Messages in Alban Berg's Music, New York/London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998.
"Arnold Schönberg og Paul Hindemith: Individualister på funksjonalistisk grunn", Svenskt tidskrift för musikforskning/78, Göteborg: Svenska samfundet för musikforskning, 1996.
"'Besser als Musik hören ist Musik machen': Fra 'hören' til 'machen' i Paul Hindemiths musikktenkning", Studia musicologia Norvegica/21, Oslo: Scandinavian University Press, 1995.