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In Memoriam (Halvorsen)

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Johan Halvorsen

Johan Halvorsen (arr. John R Bourgeois)

This work bears the designation Opus 30.

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2009
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tam-Tam

Cello (optional)

Players singing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Johan Halvorsen's In Memoriam, Opus 30, was written for the great Norwegian poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson. The two men became very close friends, and Halvorsen composed a funeral march in Bjornson's honor upon his death in 1910. The music's link with Bjornson is underscored by the fact that it opens with a paraphrase of the Norwegian national anthem. At the peak, it suddenly falls away, and following a roll of the timpani, the anthem is played in its entirety. Vocal parts sung by members of the ensemble contribute to the overall effect and make this a most memorable and moving work.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Tennessee: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group I (Daniel Crain, conductor) - 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group I (Daniel Crain, conductor) - 24 November 2019 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 20 November 2017
  • University of Wisconson, Stevens Point, Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor) - 26 April 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Halvorsen, J.; Bourgeois, J. (2009). In Memoriam: Opus 30 [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Kansas City, Mo.