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Bjørnar Utne-Reitan


Composition, Music Theory and Music Technology Department

Bjørnar Utne-Reitan (b. 1994) is a researcher at the Norwegian Academy of Music and head of NMH’s History Project. He studied musicology at the University of Oslo and music theory at NMH.

In 2022, he finished a PhD dissertation on the history of music theory in Norway, with special reference to the theory training at NMH. His research is situated in (and between) the fields music theory, music history and music education. He is also particularly interested in Edvard Grieg and his music.

Utne-Reitan has published in Journal of Music Theory, Music Analysis, Danish Musicology Online, Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie and Studia Musicologica Norvegica. He currently serves om the editorial committee of the latter journal.


  • On Aesthetic Value Judgements in Norwegian Music Theory Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Introduksjon til historieprosjektet og dets resultater Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Norges musikkhøgskoles historieprosjekt: Sluttrapport Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Music theory and value judgement: Cases from the history of music theory in Norway Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Ernst Friedrich Richter and the Birth of Modern Music Theory Pedagogy Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Music Theory in/as Musicology in Norway: Historical Reflections Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Edvard Grieg med Bjørnar Utne-Reitan Bjørnar Utne-Reitan ,  Anders Krøger 2024
  • A Piece of Poetry? Agathe Backer Grøndahl’s “Sérénade” Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • NMH50: Historieprosjektet Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2024
  • Norsk høyere musikkutdanningshistorie – en bibliografi Bjørnar Utne-Reitan 2023
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