Ole Olsen Project
by Antti Nissilä
As a composer living in Hammerfest, Northern Norway, I felt I had a kind of a duty to do something with the heritage of Ole Olsen. Hammerfest-born Olsen (1850-1927) was an industrious and a truly skillful composer, acknowledged also internationally in his own time. Even the Berlin Philharmonic dedicated a whole concert evening for his music. The composer from the northernmost town of the world became a national celebrity, and enjoyed the respect and friendship of Edvard Grieg and other great Norwegian artists.
Olsen wrote music on a broad spectrum. He composed numerous miniatures for local and occasional needs, but also five operas, concertos, a symphony and other orchestral works. Nowadays we mostly hear some of his military marches and small songs, while his largest and definitely most interesting works are very seldom performed.
Most of Ole Olsens music has so far been available only as scanned manuscripts. My mission is to transcribe and edit a number of Olsens manuscripts into an up-to-date digital and printable form. I have also begun to adapt and re-orchestrate some of Olsens works for smaller ensembles, with instrumentation more practical for the needs of our time.
The scores on this page can be downloaded for free. If you need individual orchestral parts, or a tailor-made version arranged for your own ensemble, please contact me by e-mail. If you'd like to visit my personal homepage as well, you'll find it here.
This page will be frequently updated with new scores, sheet music and audio demos.