Bjørn Morten Christophersen

Senior Lecturer
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Phone +47 22 85 47 53
Mobile phone +47 917 57 233
Room 307
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


  • Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Oslo
  • Cand.philol. (2 years MA) in Musicology, University of Oslo
  • MA in Composing for Film and TV, Kingston University, England
  • Cand.mag.(4 years BA) in Musicology and Media, University of Oslo
  • Composers Scholarship at the University of Agder, Norway
  • Freelance composer and arranger: Concert music (on commission), music for TV dramas at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the stage
  • Teaching composition, arranging, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint at the following institutions:
    • University of Oslo, Norway
    • University of Agder, Norway
    • Norwegian Teacher Academy University College (NLA) in Staffeldtsgate, Oslo, Norway
    • Fjellhaug International University College and Fjellhaug Bible School, Oslo, Norway
    • The Norwegian Band Federation (NMF), Norway


  • Music theory: Harmony, orchestration and counterpoint
  • Composition and arranging
  • Notation and editing
  • Film Music

Current Research Activities

My Ph.D. dissertation Panoramic Constraints: A Study of Johan Svendsen's Musical Sketches and Exercises focus on sketch studies and compositional process, in association with the Norwegian Musical Heritage project. On commission from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Bjarte Engeset, I arranged and elaborated parts of Norwegian composer, Johan Svendsen’s (1840-1911) unfinished Third Symphony for a celebratory concert marking the centenary of his death in the autumn of 2010. The arrangement and elaboration were based on rediscovered sketches.

My thesis identifies all surviving sketches and composition exercises by Johan Svendsen. In addition, there is a study and discussion of his compositional processes.

I also work as a freelance composer and arranger. I write concert, film and stage music. I have composed a number of work for choir, orchestra and chamber groups. For more details, please visit my website at

Tags: Musicology, Music Theory, Musical Heritage, Classical and Contemporary Music, Film Music
Published Sep. 2, 2010 2:28 PM - Last modified Nov. 16, 2017 11:33 AM