MUSV3135 - The Organ as a Time Frame and Mirror of Society


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

The organ is one of the oldest known instruments. The history of the organ is the tale of a musical instrument that has been both static and constantly changing. From Antiquity to our own time, it has consisted of the same main components and principles for creating tone and timbre. But simultaneously, during its more than 2,200 year history, the organ has regularly evolved in alignment with different aesthetic, religious, political and social changes in society. Moreover, a special characteristic of the organ’s uniqueness is the instrument’s interaction with technological advances.

This course explores how the organ’s technical and timbral distinctiveness can be viewed and understood from various contextual perspectives. Attention is mainly directed to the instrument’s multidisciplinary nature, where craftsmanship, art and science have melded together to form a creative synthesis. Themes explored include the relationship between art and theology, and the organ’s role in both sacred and secular contexts. Through the close study of specific instruments, the course will consider the organ as both a musical window onto understandings of both historical eras and society.

Learning outcome

A candidate who successfully completes MUSV3135
- will have increased knowledge of the organ’s role in both sacred and secular contexts.
- will have increased knowledge of the multidisciplinary nature of the organ.
- will have increased knowledge of the organ’s interactions with aesthetic, religious, political and social relations in society.

A candidate who successfully completes MUSV3135
- can formulate his/her knowledge in a compelling manner in both written and spoken forms
- can independently identify, assess, and develop understandings based on his/her acquired knowledge
- is able to apply his/her acquired knowledge to new and unknown material
- is able to further develop his/her own professional activities within the course's particular field

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Further on evaluation

3-days home exam, consisting of ca. 15 pages (ca. 6 000 words).
If the course is not passed, the student must retake the whole assessment.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSK)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)
Music Technology (MMUST)
Musicology (BMUSV)
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology or Music Performance Studies.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music History
  • Musicology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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