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Siljustøl

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The outside area is open for the public all year. The museum is open on Sundays in the summer months, and during events.

The home of Harald Sæverud

Welcome to Siljustøl! The composer Harald Sæverud lived here with is wife Marie Hvoslef.

Sæverud is one Norway’s most renowned composers, and Siljustøl is a distinctive composer’s home where music and nature are central.

The house at Siljustøl consists of a museum section and a private section belonging to the family. Here, you find a large and beautiful natural area which is open to the public year-round. The many footpaths, tall trees and the lake make it a popular tourist destination.

The house from 1939 is compellingly rich in details and stories. At the heart of the house is the music hall, where concerts are performed throughout the entire year. The study, grand piano and personal belongings are kept as Sæverud left them when he died in 1992.

Siljustøl is in Rådal in Bergen. The museum is open on Sundays in the summer months and for selected concerts throughout the year. Siljustøl also has a special programme for kindergartens and schools.

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Who was Harald Sæverud?

Harald Sæverud (1897—1992) was a highly beloved musician. During the 1930s and 1940s he established himself as one of Norway’s leading composers.

In 1943 he composed the famous “Ballad of Revolt”. The work has remained the musical symbol of the resistance in Norway and became an expression of Sæverud’s rage against the German occupants.

Harald Sæverud lived at Siljustøl with his wife Marie Hvoslef and their family. He had a long career and wrote his last piece at the age of 92. Sæverud died in 1992, and the funeral ceremony in Grieghallen was broadcasted live by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

Famous compositions: "Rondo Amoroso", "Ballad of Revolt", "Sinfonia Dolorosa" and music for Henrik Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt". 

Read our biography about Harald Sæverud.

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About Siljustøl

The large nature area at Siljustøl was Harald Sæverud’s most important source for inspiration as a composer. The area covers 250 acres of beautiful nature with different pathways, a lake and tall trees.

The museum’s main attraction is the house itself, which was finished in 1939. Sæverud chose Ludolf Eide Parr as his architect and also took part in the architectonic design himself. His inspiration was traditional Norwegian building tradition. He wanted the house high up in an open space – at the highest point of the property.

Sæverud took great pleasure in nature right to the end and used the outdoors area at Siljustøl actively. Like Edvard Grieg, he planned to be buried at his own property, and he pointed out the spot himself. Exactly where this is remains a secret.

Siljustøl was officially opened as a museum on the event of Sæverud’s 100th birthday in 1997.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift

The composer´s brown piano, from inside his workspace at Siljustøl.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift

A large group of people outside at Siljustøl. We can see the dark brown house in the background. It is summer.

Familiedag på Siljustøl under Festspillene i Bergen / Family day at Siljustøl during Bergen International Festival. Foto: Thor Brødreskift

A woman is talking to a group of people inside the concert hall at Siljustøl. We can see a piano in the background.

Foto: Thor Brødreskift