Nanette Nielsen

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Expertise summary

I hold a BA in Music and Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and an MMus and PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. I joined Oslo in January 2015, after having been Associate Professor and Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (2009-15) and at the University of East Anglia (2005-9). I work on music and philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics in twentieth- and twenty-first century music, on film music and sound, and on the rhythm and temporality of musical experience. Other interests include popular music, music in Scandinavia, and opera and music criticism in the Weimar republic. 

Publications include the co-authored book Music and Ethics (Routledge 2012, paperback 2017), the monograph Paul Bekker's Musical Ethics (Routledge, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy co-edited with Jerrold Levinson, Tomas McAuley, and Ariana Phillips-Hutton (OUP, 2020), and Interdisciplinary Insights into Music and Philosophy (OUP, under contract).

Research collaboration

  • 2017– Principal Investigator at RITMO for the Engagement and Absorption research project (funded by the Research Council of Norway).
  • 2010-2017 Founding Committee Member, Events Coordinator, and Secretary, Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group: http://www.musicandphilosophy.ac.uk 
  • 2013-2016 Ordinary Member of Council (by election), Royal Musical Association
  • 2010-15 Co-investigator in 'Moving Experience: the production and consumption of pervasive entertainment', University of Nottingham, led by Dr Elizabeth Evans

Committee work (recent)

University of Oslo:

  • Head of Research Training (May 2021 – ) 
  • Head of Research (January 2017 – December 2017)
  • Head of PhD Studies (May 2015 December 2016)

Awards

  • Jerome Roche Prize (2014) for the article 'Ernst Krenek's "problem of freedom" in Jonny spielt auf' (Twentieth-Century Music, 2013).
  • Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning (2013) This award recognises ‘outstanding achievements of the University of Nottingham staff in enhancing the student learning experience’.
  • Teaching Award, University Staff Oscar winner in the category ‘Most inspiring’ (2013) This award is entirely student-led, and granted to one individual across the whole of the University of Nottingham each year.
  • Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award (2013) I received this prestigious award for my initiative for the Music Department’s involvement in In Harmony Nottingham, bringing together students, the University, and the local community.

Public engagement (selection)

  • Radikal Operaregi?, discussion panel with Per Boye Hansen and others, arranged by Norsk kritikerlag, Litteraturhuset (Oslo), 29 September 2016. Summary here: http://kritikerlaget.no/saker/referat-radikal-operaregi
  • 'Is changing the music in an opera allowed?', on The Magic Flute, in discussion with David Levin, Per Boye Hansen, Ståle Wikshåland, and audience members, The Norwegian National Opera, 24 October 2015
  • 'Film Music and Spectator Engagement', Filmens Hus, Oslo, 'The Sound of Movies', 3-4 October 2015
  • 'Film music', interview, Norwegian National Radio (NRK), on the programmes 'Norgesglasset' and 'Brunsj', 12 May and 15 May, 2015
  • 'Danish music and modernism's legacies', talk for the Nielsen Study Day, IMR/Oxford Symposium, The Barbican, London, 11 October 2014
  • 'Music and morality in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel', Glyndebourne Opera Festival, pre-performance talks, 25 July and 1 August 2010

Interviews (selection)

'10 Minutes with... The Jerome Roche Prize Winner', The Royal Musical Association, 2/2/2016 https://www.rma.ac.uk/2016/02/02/15-minutes-with-the-jerome-roche-prize-winner-interview-with-nanette-nielsen/

'Kan du endre musikken til Mozart'? Dagsavisen, 24/10/2015 http://www.dagsavisen.no/oslo/kan-du-endre-musikken-til-mozart-1.423569

Conference talks and colloquia (selection)

'Carl Nielsen, the modern musical philosopher: life as an aesthetic experience’. Invited research colloquium, Cambridge, UK, 16 May 2018

'On attentive listening and moral understanding: music's challenge to philosophy', keynote for the 23rd Conference of the Nordic Network for Research in Music Education, Hurdal, Norway 14 February 2018

Keynote at a ‘Music and Ethics’ Study Day hosted by NordArt at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo 21 September 2017'The work of musicology in the age of cultural reproduction',

Jerome Roche keynote talk, University of Bangor, BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference, 6-8 January, 2016

 

Tags: Music and Philosophy, Music and Ethics, Phenomenology, Perception, Popular Music, Film Music, Music and Media

Publications

Bildet kan inneholde: organisme, gjøre, plakat, kunst, utgivelse.The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy

Edited by Tomás McAuleyNanette NielsenJerrold Levinson, and Associate Editor Ariana Phillips-Hutton

This Handbook offers an overview of the thriving interdisciplinary field of Western music and philosophy. It seeks to represent this area in all its fullness, including a diverse array of perspectives from music studies (notably historical musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology), philosophy (incorporating both analytic and continental approaches), and a range of cognate disciplines (such as critical theory and intellectual history). The Handbook includes, but does not confine itself to, consideration of key questions in aesthetics and the philosophy of music. Each essay provides an introduction to its topic, an assessment of past scholarship, and a research-driven argument for the future of the research area in question. Taken together, these essays provide a current snapshot of this field and outline an abundance of ways in which it might develop in the future.

Bildet kan inneholde: erme, bok, gjøre, mønster.Paul Bekker's Musical Ethics

German music critic and opera producer Paul Bekker (1882–1937) is a rare example of a critic granted the opportunity to turn his ideas into practice. In this first full-length study of Bekker in English, Nanette Nielsen investigates Bekker's theory and practice in light of ethics and aesthetics, in order to uncover the ways in which these intersect in his work and contributed to the cultural and political landscape of the Weimar Republic. By linking Beethoven's music to issues of freedom and individuality, as he argues for its potential to unify the masses, Bekker had already in 1911 begun to construct the ethical framework for his musical sociology and opera aesthetics. Nielsen discusses some of the complex (and conflicting) layers of modernism and conservatism in Bekker that would have a continued presence in his work and its reception throughout his career. Bekker's demands for a 'practical ethics' led to his criticisms of metaphysically grounded approaches to aesthetics, and his ethical views are put into further relief in a sketch of the development of his music phenomenology in the 1920s. Nielsen unravels the complex intersections between Bekker's ethics and his opera aesthetics in connection with his practice as an Intendant at the Wiesbaden State Theatre (1927–1932), offering a critical reading of an opera staged during his tenure: Hugo Herrmann’s Vasantasena (1930). Further works are considered in light of the theoretical framework underpinning the book, inspired by several intersections between ethics and aesthetics encountered in Bekker's work.

Bildet kan inneholde: gjøre, elektrisk blå, merke, grafikk.Music and Ethics

It seems self-evident that music plays more than just an aesthetic role in contemporary society. In addition, music's social, political, emancipatory, and economical functions have been the subject of much recent research. Given this, it is surprising that the subject of ethics has often been neglected in discussions about music. The various forms of engagement between music and ethics are more relevant than ever, and require sustained attention. Music and Ethics examines different ways in which music can 'in itself' - in a uniquely musical way - contribute to theoretical discussions about ethics as well as concrete moral behaviour. We consider music as process, and music-making as interaction. Fundamental to our understanding is music's association with engagement, including contact with music through the act of listening, music as an immanent critical process that possesses profound cultural and historical significance, and as an art form that can be world-disclosive, formative of subjectivity, and contributive to intersubjective relations. Music and Ethics does not offer a general musico-ethical theory, but explores ethics as a practical concept, and demonstrates through concrete examples that the relation between music and ethics has never been absent.

  • Nielsen, Nanette (2020). Den musikalske etik. In Varkøy, Øivind & Holm, Henrik (Ed.), Musikkfilosofiske tekster. Tanker om musikk – og språk, tolkning, erfaring, tid, klang, stillhet m.m. . Cappelen Damm Akademisk. ISSN 9788202696818. p. 61–77. doi: 10.23865/noasp.115.ch4.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Phillips-Hutton, Ariana (2020). Ethics. In Nielsen, Nanette; McAuley, Tomas; Levinson, Jerrold & Phillips-Hutton, Ariana (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780199367313. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199367313.013.15.
  • Nielsen, Nanette; McAuley, Tomas & Levinson, Jerrold (2020). Introduction. In Nielsen, Nanette; McAuley, Tomas; Levinson, Jerrold & Phillips-Hutton, Ariana (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780199367313. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199367313.013.61.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2019). 'Carl Nielsen, the Modern Musical Philosopher: Life as an Aesthetic Experience'. In Manos, Perrakis (Eds.), Life as an Aesthetic Idea of Music. Universal Edition. ISSN 978-3-7024-7621-2. p. 79–103.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Evans, Elizabeth (2015). Preludium: The Memory Dealer. Journal of Sonic Studies. ISSN 2212-6252. 9.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Hibberd, Sarah (2015). Immersion and Proximity: Music, Sound, and Subjectivity in The Memory Dealer. Journal of Sonic Studies. ISSN 2212-6252. 9.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2013). ‘Ernst Krenek’s “problem of freedom” in Jonny spielt auf’. Twentieth-Century Music. ISSN 1478-5722. 10(1), p. 25–57. doi: 10.1017/s1478572212000400. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2011). Opera for the people: melodrama in Hugo Herrmann's Vasantasena (1930). In Hibberd, Sarah (Eds.), Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Drama. Ashgate. ISSN 978-1-4094-0082-0.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2007). ‘Sein oder Schein?: Paul Bekker's “mirror image” and the ethical voice of humane opera’. Opera Quarterly. ISSN 0736-0053. 23(2-3), p. 295–310. doi: 10.1093/oq/kbn042. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nielsen, Nanette; Morgenstern, Martin & Steichen, James (2007). ‘To the Mirror Image’, by Paul Bekker. Opera Quarterly. ISSN 0736-0053. 23(2-3), p. 311–317. doi: 10.1093/oq/kbn043. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Hibberd, Sarah (2003). ‘Music in Melodrama: "the Burden of Ineffable Expression"?’. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. ISSN 2048-2906. 31(1), p. 30–40.

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  • Nielsen, Nanette; McAuley, Tomas; Levinson, Jerrold & Phillips-Hutton, Ariana (2020). The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199367313. 1100 p.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2017). Paul Bekker's Musical Ethics. Routledge. ISBN 9781472486226. 242 p.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Cobussen, Marcel (2012). Music and Ethics. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-3496-2. 190 p.

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  • Nielsen, Nanette (2021). As We Wait for Music. Filologen. ISSN 0807-9250. 2, p. 14–19.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Høffding, Simon (2019). Absorption in Schizophrenia, Music and Mystical Experience.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Høffding, Simon (2019). A Musical Matter of Mind.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2019). Alfred Hitchcock og Bernard Herrmann: mestere i spenning. Z filmtidsskrift. ISSN 0800-1464.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2018). ‘Carl Nielsen, the modern musical philosopher: life as an aesthetic experience’.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2018). ‘On attentive listening and moral understanding: music's challenge to philosophy’.
  • Nielsen, Nanette; Aksnes, Hallgjerd; Edwards, Peter & Kvalbein, Astrid (2018). Launch for Nanette Nielsen’s book _Paul Bekker’s Musical Ethics_. Introduction and moderation by Hallgjerd Aksnes, panel discussion including: Peter Edwards (University of Oslo), Peter Franklin (University of Oxford), Sarah Hibberd (University of Bristol), Astrid Kvalbein (NMH) and Aksel Tollåli (Oslo).
  • Nielsen, Nanette; Devine, Kyle; Hagen, Per Ole & Gadir, Tami (2017). How We Got into Academia, and How to Get (More) Out of It: Ideas Entrepreneurship in Action.
  • Grindem, Karianne; Aksnes, Hallgjerd & Nielsen, Nanette (2016). Direkte knyttet til minner: Musikk. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2016). Aesthetic Risks, Ethical Gains.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2016). The Death and Future of Postmodernism.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2016). Radikal Operaregi?
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2016). '15 Minutes with ... The Jerome Roche Prize Winner'. [Internet]. http://www.rma.ac.uk/students/?p=2731.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2016). 'The work of musicology in the age of cultural reproduction', Jerome Roche keynote talk, University of Bangor, BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference, 6-8 January, 2016.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2015). 'Kan du endre musikken til Mozart?'. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen http://www.dagsavisen.no/oslo/kan-du-endre-musikk.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2015). 'Is changing the music in an opera allowed?', on The Magic Flute, in discussion with David Levin, Per Boye Hansen, Ståle Wikshåland, and audience members, The Norwegian National Opera, 24 October 2015.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2015). 'Film Music and Spectator Engagement', Filmens Hus, Oslo, 'The Sound of Movies', 3-4 October 2015.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2015). 'Film music', interview, Norwegian National Radio (NRK), on the programmes 'Norgesglasset' and 'Brunsj', 12 May and 15 May, 2015 . [Radio]. NRK.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2015). 'Towards an ethics of listening: music, engagement, and subjectivity', keynote talk, Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bergen, 26 November 2015.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2014). 'Danish music and modernism's legacies', talk for the Nielsen Study Day, IMR/Oxford Symposium, The Barbican, London, 11 October 2014.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2014). 'Towards an ethics of musical experience', keynote talk for a conference on 'Shaped by Beauty' at Heythrop College, University of London, 26-27 June 2014.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2013). 'Subjectivities merged, ethical responsibilities gained', RMA Annual Conference, IMR London, 19-21 September 2013, paper for panel on ‘Music in films: ethical-aesthetic discursive disruptions’.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2013). 'Music and Modernism', King's College London, Study Day on Modernism held by the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), 9 May 2013 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2013). ‘Paul Bekker’s musical ethics’, colloquium given at the University of Bangor, Wales, 23 April 2013 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette & McAuley, Tomas (2013). ‘Introduction’, Opera Quarterly special issue on ‘Opera and Philosophy’. Opera Quarterly. ISSN 0736-0053. 29(3-4), p. 183–185. doi: 10.1093/oq/kbu002.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2012). 'On the musically ethical', keynote talk with Marcel Cobussen for the conference 'Arts and Ethics', Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., Canada, 18-19 October 2012.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2012). ‘Voice and the deconstruction of subjectivity in Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf’, paper for the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group session ‘Music, Philosophy and Identity’, International Musicological Society Congress, Rome, 1-7 July 2012.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2012). ‘Voice and ethics in Berg’s Wozzeck’, paper given at the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 31 May-3 June 2012.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2012). ‘Music and Philosophy’, invited co-convenor and speaker for a Research Training Day held at the Institute for Musical Research, London 5 March, 2012.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2012). ‘Ernst Krenek’s “Problem of Freedom” in Jonny spielt auf’, colloquium given at the Oxford University Faculty of Music, 14 February 2012 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2011). ‘Paul Bekker’s ambivalent modernism’, lecture given at the Institute for Musical Research (IMR), Stewart House, London, 24 November 2011 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2011). Invited respondent to the AMS/RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group session, ‘The ethics of musical labor’, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 10 November 2011.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2011). Invited respondent to the paper ‘Jan W. Morthenson: The Reluctant Avant-Gardist?’, by Per Broman, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, 29 October 2011.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2010). ‘Modernism and the masses: music and social change in the Weimar Republic’, University of Surrey, 16 November 2010 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2010). ‘Music and morality in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel’, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, pre-performance talks, 25 July and 1 August 2010 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2010). ‘Towards an ethical criticism of music’, given at the RMA Study Day, ‘Music and Philosophy’, King’s College, London, 20 February 2010.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2009). ‘The danger of music criticism and the case for control’, given at the SMA/IMR study day ‘Performance Criticism’, Stewart House, London, 16 December 2009 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2009). ‘Music, Beauty, and Ethics’, colloquium paper given at the Music Department, University of Nottingham, 3 November 2009 (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2009). ‘Between Politics and Ethics: Paul Bekker’s reception of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft (1932)’, given at the study day ‘Politics of Opera’, Taylorian Institute, Oxford, 9 October 2009.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2008). ‘Opera for the people: melodrama in Hugo Herrmann’s Vasantasena (1930)’, at the conference ‘Music and the Melodramatic Aesthetic’, University of Nottingham, 5-7 September 2008. (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2008). ‘The ethics of voice in Weimar opera’, for the Royal Northern College of Music Research Seminar Series (Manchester, 15 February 2008). (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2006). ‘“Should politics be sung?”’: voice and ethics in Bekker and Weill’, Royal Musical Association, 42nd Annual Conference, Nottingham, 11-14 July 2006.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2006). 'On the ethical in music', for the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Public Lecture series 'Apollo and Dionysus. Philosophy's troubled relations with the Creative Arts', University of East Anglia, 23 November 2006. (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2006). 'Ethical Encounters: Voice and Freedom in Bekker and Krenek', Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory, Los Angeles, 2-5 November 2006.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2005). 'An Intersection of Ethics and Aesthetics: Paul Bekker as Intendant', for the Faculty of Music Colloquia Series, University of Cambridge, 8 June 2005. (Invited speaker).
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2005). Review of Claire Taylor-Jay, The Artist-Operas of Pfitzner, Krenek and Hindemith: Politics and the Ideology of the Artist (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004). Music & Letters. ISSN 0027-4224. 86(4), p. 664–668. doi: 10.1093/ml/gci124.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2003). ‘The Musicological Turn to Ethics’, at the Third Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-Century Music, University of Nottingham, 26-29 June 2003.
  • Nielsen, Nanette (2002). ‘Musical Discourse and Moral Understanding’, at the conference ‘Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art’, University of Warwick, May 2002.

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