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Entry March of the Boyars

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Johan Halvorsen

Johan Halvorsen (arr. Frederick Fennell)

Subtitle: Bojarenes Indtogmarsch

This work bears the designation Opus 17.

General Info

Year: 1895 / 2000
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the 10th through the 17th centuries, the Boyars were the highest ranking members of the Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, and Ukrainian aristocracy, second only to the ruling princes. Halvorsen’s Entry March of the Boyars depicts the ceremonial entrance of these aristocrats in a theatrical setting. A solo clarinet introduces the regal theme, and more instruments are added to represent the approach of the entourage. Woodwind ornamentation complements the brass fanfares. This piece did not receive national recognition until Grieg, who was the uncle of Halvorsen’s wife, created an arrangement for piano in 1898.

Halvorsen describes his inspiration for this composition:

Got hold of an encyclopaedia to find out what Bucharest was like. There I read about the art-loving Queen Carmen Sylva and the descendants of the rich, distinguished Boyars who invaded Bucharest so and so many years ago. ‘This would look good in the newspapers,’ I thought. And then there was the Queen! She would immediately summon me to the palace with my quartet. I had to find release, so I wrote a march and called it The March of the Boyars, and just when I had finished it, the same afternoon, Edvard Grieg came in. ‘Now, how are you doing? Already in full swing I see.’ He saw the manuscript on the piano, looked at it carefully and said: ‘That is good!’

- Program Note by Edward Harris

Halvorsen was living in Bergen, Norway, in 1895 when he was offered a teaching position in Bucharest, Romania. While searching in an encyclopedia for information about Romania, he became interested in the boyars (privileged aristocracy) and decided to write a march in their memory. Encouraged by Edvard Grieg, he wrote out all of the parts in one night and premiered the work the next day with his theater orchestra. Although flattered by the job offer, Halvorsen decided to remain in Bergen for a few more years.

- Notes from Program Notes for Band

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State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun Popp, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • Purdue Fort Wayne Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Dave McKee & Chad Reep, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 26 February 2018
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 12 December 2017
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 9 November 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (David Hedgecoth, conductor) – 11 October 2016
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (William K. Wakefield, conductor) – 3 October 2016
  • Clovis (Calif.) West High School Wind Symphony (John Lack, conductorr) - 12 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Central Florida, Symphonic Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 19 November 2015
  • ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) All-State Concert Band (Eric Hammer, conductor) - 14 February 2015 (2015 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre (Music Division) Reserve Band Concert (Brayden Wise, conductor) - 29 May 2014, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Canada
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • North Sydney Boys High School Symphonic Winds Orchestra (Scott Ryan, conductor) - 2012

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 267.