Per Reidarson

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Per Reidarson (27 May 1879 – 21 January 1954) was a Norwegian composer and music critic.

In the early twentieth century he was an acknowledged composer. For his body of work he was granted kunstnerlønn, a guaranteed minimum income for artists, by the Norwegian state in 1938. He had also worked as a music critic in the newspapers Tidens Tegn and Arbeiderbladet.[1]

However, he eventually joined the political party Nasjonal Samling and began writing for their official publication Fritt Folk. In 1941-1942, while Norway was occupied by Germany, he held the lecture Norsk og unorsk i musikken ('Norwegian and Un-Norwegian in Music'), anger directed at the perceived "Jewish and Marxist" Modernist music.[1]

In 1945, when the occupation of Norway ended, Reidarson was marginalized and immediately lost his artist's income.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Stenseth, Bodil (1995). "Reidarson, Per". In Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. Retrieved 2008-11-08.