Summary

Is there a Norwegian organ style? Did the nationalism in music in the nineteenth and twentieth century influence Norwegian organ music? This article discusses stylistic tendencies in Norwegian organ works, with the national movement as perspective. Based on theories of national imprint in music, separation between the sacred and secular in art and culture, and distinction between sacred and secular epochs, the article discusses reasons why national influence largely seems to have passed Norwegian organ music until the second half of twentieth century. Examples of national traits in some organ pieces are shown, with an emphasis on three compositions written on themes from Draumkvedet.

Keywords: Organ music, nationalism in music, sacred and secular art