Peter Edwards

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Phone +47 22854004
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Room 316
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Department of Musicology ZEB Building 2nd floor Sem Sælands vei 2 0371 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Musicology

Academic interests: music aesthetics, music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, music analysis and critical theory.

Currents activities include the following forthcoming publications: 

  • ‘Death in Music and Music in Death: Reflections on Mortality and Listening in the Performances of Marino Formenti’ (co-authored with Uta Sailer), in Music & Death, ed. Wolfgang Marx (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer) 
  • ‘Appropriation and style: Critical Composition and Creativity in Le Grand Macabre’, in Le Grand Macabre, ed. Jörn Peter Hiekel, Hofheim: Wolke Verlag.
  • Analysing the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: Apparitions of the Past and Future’, in “I don’t belong anywhere”: György Ligeti at 100, ed. Wolfgang Marx (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers)

Musicology Master’s programme leader from August 2021.
HF studio project group member 2021.

Previous projects include 
Style and Modernity, funded by the Research Council of Norway, studying modernist aesthetics and concepts of style across a range of musical genres and traditions.

Monograph on György Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre published by Routledge (see below).

Compositions performed by leading musicians in the UK, Norway, and the USA, including performances at festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and NRK. Member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. Professional background as guitarist.


  • Head of Department, Department of Musicology, UiO (2017-2020)
  • Leader of the National Council of Music (Nasjonalt fagorgan for musikk) and leader of the national publication committee for musicology (2018-2020)
  • Head of Studies, Department of Musicology (2017-2020)
  • Elected representative for the fixed-term academic staff on the board of the Faculty of Humanities (2015-2016).
  • Member of the editorial board of Studia Musicologica Norvegica (Norwegian Journal of Musicology) (2012-16)
  • PhD University of Oslo (2012)
  • Cand. Philol (MA) University of Oslo (2005)
  • Computer-based music production. Norwegian Academy of Music (2002-3)
  • Bmus London College of Music, London (1996-99)
  • Archival Research: die Academie der Künste, Germany (2011)
  • Archival Research: Paul Sacher Foundation, Switzerland (2004, 2010, 2011)
  • Visiting Scholar: Royal Holloway, University of London, England (2013)

Courses taught

  • Music since 1945 (MUS 2500, 4500)
  • Analysis, arranging and composition for large ensembles  (MUS 2730)
  • Music History I & II  (MUS 1450, MUS 2445)
  • History, Analysis, Aesthetics (MUS 4216)
  • Listening to the Twentieth Century and Beyond (MUS 2501, 4501, autumn 2014)
  • Music History (MUS 1445 and 2445)
  • ‘Opera Through the Stage Door’, in Collaboration with the Norwegian Opera & Ballet (MUS 2525 and MUS 4525)
  • Honors program (Honorsprogrammet) HON 2120
  • ‘Ensemble 1’ (MUS1350), ‘Ensemble 2’ (MUS1352), 

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Tags: Music Aesthetics, Music Analysis, Music of the Twentieth Century, Music Historiography, Musicology


  • Edwards, Peter (2021). Ideology, Performance, and Ironic Distance in Musical Slapstick. In Malakaj, Ervin & Lyons, Alena E. (Ed.), Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 9783110570793. doi: 10.1515/9783110571981-004
  • Edwards, Peter (2017). Bartók, Ligeti and the Innovative Middle Road. In Bauer, Amy & Kerékfy, Márton (Ed.), György Ligeti's Cultural Identities. Routledge. ISSN 978-1472473646. p. 149–162. doi: 10.4324/9781315592411-10
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Convergences and Discord in the Correspondence between Ligeti and Adorno. Music & Letters. ISSN 0027-4224. 96(2), p. 228–258. doi: 10.1093/ml/gcu132
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Remembrance and Prognosis in the Music of György Ligeti. In Guldbrandsen, Erling E. & Johnson, Julian (Ed.), Transformations of Musical Modernism. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781107127210. p. 190–200. doi: 10.1017/cbo9781316411766.011

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

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  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Danielsen, Anne & Edwards, Peter (2020). Vi trenger kort og godt mer automagi i Cristin. ISSN 1894-8995.
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Danielsen, Anne & Edwards, Peter (2020). Vi trenger kort og godt mer automagi i Cristin. Uniforum. ISSN 1891-5825.
  • Edwards, Peter (2019). Udo Zimmermann's Weiße Rose.
  • Edwards, Peter (2019). Frahmtiden er ny-klassisk. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • 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).
  • Eriksen, Asbjørn Øfsthus & Edwards, Peter (2018). Musikk og humor.
  • Edwards, Peter (2017). Expressive States in Theory and Practice: Spatially-Conceived Forms from East to West. Toru Takemitsu's November Steps.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). Musical Sketches in the late Twentieth Century: György Ligeti and the Creative Process.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). The Performance of Orchestral Overload in the Music of Zimmermann and Nørgård.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). Dash against the quiet.
  • Edwards, Peter (2016). The Impossibility of the Return in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Musique pours les soupers du Roi Ubu.
  • 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; Mattes, Arnulf Christian; Kvalbein, Astrid & Orning, Tanja (2015). Listening to the Twentieth Century.
  • Edwards, Peter (2015). Musikkens historie og aktualitet: Et fag under fornyelse.
  • Kildahl, Mari; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014). We no longer really listen to music. [Internet]. ScienceNordic.
  • Kildahl, Mari; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014). Vi lytter ikke lenger som før. [Internet].
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Ligeti and Adorno: The Letter Correspondence.
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). By the sound of its voice (10.10.2014).
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Nye former for lytting, nye former for musikkforståelse.
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). By the sound of its voice (13.10.2014).
  • Dirdal, Linn Carin; Orning, Tanja; Edwards, Peter & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2014). – Lytting er et arbeid. [Internet]. Ballade.
  • Edwards, Peter (2014). Boulez Springar (performance Ultima 13.09.14).
  • Edwards, Peter (2013). Apati og handling.
  • 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 (2013). The Weight.
  • Edwards, Peter (2013). Gesture and the Poetics of Musical Modernism.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Tradition and the Endless Now: A Study of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Gesture and the Flip Side of Tradition.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Eivind Grovens renstemte orgel. [TV]. Intervjuet av Stål Talsnes i LørdagsMagasinet på TV2.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Boulez Springar.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Reunion: 2012.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Boulez Springar (performance Ultima 20.09.14).
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. [Radio]. "Spillerom" på NRK P2.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Ligeti, Adorno and the Difficulty of Form.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Dialectical Horizons in György Ligeti's 'Le Grand Macabre'.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). Pseudomotivicism in Ligeti's Music.
  • Edwards, Peter (2011). "Ligeti, Adorno and the Creative Process".
  • Mattes, Arnulf Christian & Edwards, Peter (2011). Fra romantikken til elektronika: nye perspektiver på klangflatens historie.
  • Edwards, Peter (2010). Iterations II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2010). Iterations.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Ligeti and Dialectical Progression.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Cognition, Meaning and Analysis in Music; A Study of György Ligeti and his Later Works.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Self-fashioning in Modernism.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Curved Grooves.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Balkansemblet German tour.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Samstemmig lidenskap. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Edwards, Peter (2009). Ligeti i vinden. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • 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 (2008). Chiaroscuro.
  • Edwards, Peter (2007). Music and Politics. [Radio]. 'Hear and Now', BBC Radio 3.
  • Edwards, Peter (2007). 1976 Polyphony.
  • Edwards, Peter (2007).
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). The Ringing Grooves of Change.
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). Wayfaring Stranger.
  • Edwards, Peter (2006). Late synthesis: György Ligeti's Violin Concerto. New Notes. ISSN 1350-8989.
  • Edwards, Peter (2005). Confessions.
  • Edwards, Peter (2004). Steep II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2003). Sentient II.
  • Edwards, Peter (2001). Sentient I.
  • Edwards, Peter (2001). Temporalität des Seins.
  • Edwards, Peter (1999). Steep.
  • Edwards, Peter (1999). Absence.
  • Edwards, Peter (1998). World/Astronomy.
  • Edwards, Peter (1998). Little Rooms.
  • Edwards, Peter (1997). Greenlandic Sketch.
  • Edwards, Peter (2012). Tradition and the Endless Now. A Study of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Edwards, Peter (2005). The Music of György Ligeti and his Violin Concerto. A Study in Analysis, Reception and the Listening Experience. UiO.

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Published Jan. 20, 2009 9:45 AM - Last modified Oct. 15, 2021 11:54 AM


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