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Hanssen: Valdresmarsjen Valdres March (Brass Quintet)

Valdres March


JOHANNES HANSSEN Transcribed by Roar Kvam

Year of composition



Roar Kvam


KVAMusic Edition


Difficult (Grades 7+)


4 minutes


Classical music


Brass quintet

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Valdresmarsj was Johannes Hanssen’s first composition. He began working on the march in 1903 and completed it in 1904.

His most famous composition, Valdresmarsjen is a march celebrating the beautiful Valdres region. The main theme is the signature fanfare for the Valdres Battalion, which is based on an ancient melody formerly played on the medieval lur, an uncoiled wooden wind instrument. The melody of the trio section derives from a fiddle tune traditional in Hardanger and a pentatonic folk tune, above a typical Norwegian drone bass line.

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