Arne Dí¸rumsgaard

Arne Dí¸rumsgaard was born on December 7, 1921 in Fredrikstad, a coastal town in southeastern Norway. He showed an interest in literature and music early on, and his first musical instructor was the pianist Jens Bugge Olsen in Fredrikstad. He later continued his piano studies with Ivar Johnsen in Oslo. He made his debut as a composer at age 13 and performed his own compositions at a recital when he was 20 years old, but ended his career as a composer before he reached 30.

Dí¸rumsgaard's compositions show a melody line that flows without effort and with distinct character, dramatic use of rhythm, and harmonies with clear roots in the national emotion sweeping the country at the time.

In 1942 he married the pianist Tora í˜wre, with whom he had two children. In the period 1942-46 he taught musical theory at Barrat-Dues Musikkinstitutt in Oslo, and 1945-46 he also worked as a music critic for the newspaper Friheten. In 1946 he composed the musical score for the feature movie "Vi vil leve".