David Monrad Johansen was educated in Oslo and Berlin, and around 1920 travelled on a scholarship to Paris in order to study the newer trends of European music-Debussy,Ravel,Stravinsky. He was also a great admirer of Edvard Grieg,about whom he wrote a fine biography, and became a important crtic in Oslo. He composed a several large-scale works with texts from Norse Literatur. In 1930s, aftar an extended stay in Berlin studying counterpoint, he began to learn more towards neo-classicism. His most famous work from that time is Pan for orchestra (1939) inspired by Knut Hamsun`s novel.