Peter Edwards

Head of Department
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Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Department of Musicology ZEB Building 2nd floor Sem Sælands vei 2 0371 OSLO
Postal address Department of Musicology P.O. Box 1017 Blindern 0315 Oslo

My main research interests lie in the fields of music aesthetics, history, analysis and critical theory. My current project, Style and Modernity, funded by the Research Council of Norway, studies the implications of modernist aesthetics for notions of style across a range of musical genres and traditions. I have carried out archival research during several visits to the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel and the Academie der Künste in Berlin. In 2013 I was a Visiting Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London. My monograph on Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre is published by Routledge (see below).

I also compose; my music has been performed by Oslo Sinfonietta, Backbeat Percussion Ensemble, Lore Lixenberg and others in the UK, Norway, and the USA, including performances on BBC Radio 3 and NRK. I am a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers and sit on the editorial board of Studia Musicologica Norvegica (Norwegian Journal of Musicology). I hold a BMus in guitar performance and still play when I get the chance (anything from Bach to Balkan, jazz to free improv.).

I was the elected representative for the fixed-term academic staff on the board of the Faculty of Humanities 2015-2016. 


  • 2012: PhD University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2005: Cand. Philol (MA) University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2003: Computer-based music production. Norwegian Academy of Music
  • 1999: Bmus London College of Music, England
  • Archival Research: die Academie der Künste, Germany
  • Archival Research: Paul Sacher Foundation, Switzerland
  • Visiting Scholar: Royal Holloway, University of London, England


I have taught on the following courses:

  • Music since 1945 (MUS 2500, 4500)
  • Orchestration (MUS 2730)
  • Musicology foundation course (MUS 1450)
  • History, Analysis, Aesthetics (MUS 4216)
  • Listening to the Twentieth Century and Beyond (MUS 2501, 4501, autumn 2014)
  • Music History (MUS 1445 and 2445)

Forthcoming Publications: 

'Bartók, Ligeti and the Innovative Middle Road', in Amy Bauer and Márton Kerékfy, eds., Ligeti's Cultural Identities (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016 forthcoming)


For more information, please visit my website at:

Tags: Music Aesthetics, Music Analysis, Music History, Modernism/Postmodernism, Musicology


  • Edwards, Peter (2016). György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre: Postmodernism, Musico-Dramatic Form and the Grotesque (Abingdon and New York: Routledge) (Book).
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). "Convergences and Discord in the Correspondence between Ligeti and Adorno".  Music & Letters, 96 (2).  ISSN 0027-4224. doi: 10.1093/ml/gcu132 (article)
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). "Resisting Closure: The Passacaglia Finale from György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre".  Music Analysis, 34(3).  ISSN 0262-5245. doi:10.1111/musa.12056 (article)
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). "Remembrance and Prognosis in the Music of György Ligeti", in Transformations of Musical Modernism, ed. by E. E. Guldbrandsen and J. Johnson, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107127210. (Book chapter.)
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Tradition and the Endless Now. A Study of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, PhD diss., Universitetet i Oslo. (Dissertation.)
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Convergences and Discord in the Correspondence between Ligeti and Adorno. Music & Letters.  ISSN 0027-4224.  96(2), s 228- 258 . doi: 10.1093/ml/gcu132
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Remembrance and Prognosis in the Music of György Ligeti, In Erling E. Guldbrandsen & Julian Johnson (ed.),  Transformations of Musical Modernism.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107127210.  Chapter 10.  s 190 - 200
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Resisting Closure: The Passacaglia Finale from György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. Music analysis.  ISSN 0262-5245. . doi: 10.1111/musa.12056

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  • Edwards, Peter (2016). György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre: Postmodernism, Musico-Dramatic Form and the Grotesque. Routledge.  ISBN 9781472456984.  166 s.

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  • Edwards, Peter (2016). Dash against the quiet.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). Death and Process in Music of the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). ’Leit-Characteristics’ and Expressive States in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). Musical Sketches in the late Twentieth Century: György Ligeti and the Creative Process.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). The Impossibility of the Return in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Musique pours les soupers du Roi Ubu.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). The Performance of Orchestral Overload in the Music of Zimmermann and Nørgård.
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Musikkens historie og aktualitet: Et fag under fornyelse.
  • Edwards, Peter; Mattes, Arnulf Christian; Kvalbein, Astrid & Orning, Tanja (2015). Listening to the Twentieth Century.
  • Dirdal, Linn Carin; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014, 28. oktober). – Lytting er et arbeid . [Internett].  Ballade.
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Boulez Springar (performance Ultima 13.09.14).
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). By the sound of its voice (10.10.2014).
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). By the sound of its voice (13.10.2014).
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Ligeti and Adorno: The Letter Correspondence.
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Nye former for lytting, nye former for musikkforståelse.
  • Kildahl, Mari; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014, 05. juni). Vi lytter ikke lenger som før . [Internett].
  • Kildahl, Mari; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014, 23. juni). We no longer really listen to music . [Internett].  ScienceNordic.
  • Edwards, Peter (2013). Apati og handling.
  • Edwards, Peter (2013). Gesture and the Poetics of Musical Modernism.
  • Edwards, Peter (2013). The Weight.
  • Edwards, Peter & Guldbrandsen, Erling E. (2013). Et dypdykk i det makabre. Om György Ligetis opera "Le grand macabre" i La Fura dels baus' produksjon.
  • Edwards, Peter & Guldbrandsen, Erling E. (2013). Highlighting Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Boulez Springar.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Boulez Springar (performance Ultima 20.09.14).
  • Edwards, Peter (2012, 08. desember). Eivind Grovens renstemte orgel. [TV].  Intervjuet av Stål Talsnes i LørdagsMagasinet på TV2.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Gesture and the Flip Side of Tradition.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012, 20. juni). György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. [Radio].  "Spillerom" på NRK P2.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Reunion: 2012.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Tradition and the Endless Now. A Study of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Tradition and the Endless Now: A Study of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Dialectical Horizons in György Ligeti's 'Le Grand Macabre'.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). "Ligeti, Adorno and the Creative Process".
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Ligeti, Adorno and the Difficulty of Form.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Pseudomotivicism in Ligeti's Music.
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Edwards, Peter (2011). Fra romantikken til elektronika: nye perspektiver på klangflatens historie.
  • Edwards, Peter (2010). Iterations.
  • Edwards, Peter (2010). Iterations II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Balkansemblet German tour.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). B-sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular Music, 1960 to the Present By George Plasketes. Popular Musicology Online.  ISSN 1357-0951.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Cognition, Meaning and Analysis in Music; A Study of György Ligeti and his Later Works.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Curved Grooves. [CD].
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Ligeti and Dialectical Progression.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Ligeti i vinden. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Samstemmig lidenskap. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Self-fashioning in Modernism.
  • Edwards, Peter (2008). Chiaroscuro.
  • Edwards, Peter (2007). 1976 Polyphony.
  • Edwards, Peter (2007, 07. april). Music and Politics. [Radio].  'Hear and Now', BBC Radio 3.
  • Edwards, Peter (ed.) (2007).
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). Late synthesis: György Ligeti's Violin Concerto. New Notes.  ISSN 1350-8989.
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). The Ringing Grooves of Change.
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). Wayfaring Stranger.
  • Edwards, Peter (2005). Confessions.
  • Edwards, Peter (2005). The Music of György Ligeti and his Violin Concerto. A Study in Analysis, Reception and the Listening Experience.
  • Edwards, Peter (2004). Steep II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2003). Sentient II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2001). Sentient I.
  • Edwards, Peter (2001). Temporalität des Seins.
  • Edwards, Peter (1999). Absence.
  • Edwards, Peter (1999). Steep.
  • Edwards, Peter (1998). Little Rooms.
  • Edwards, Peter (1998). World/Astronomy.
  • Edwards, Peter (1997). Greenlandic Sketch.

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