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Johannes Hanssen/arr. Glenn Cliffe Bainum

Valdres The title for this march has both geographic and musical connotations. Valdres is a beautiful region in Norway between Oslo and Bergen. The first three measures contain the old signature fanfare for the Valdres Battalion, which is based on an ancient melody formerly played on the lur (a straight wooden trumpet). Other melodies derive from a Hardanger fiddle tune and a pentatonic folk tune, above a typical Norwegian drone bass.

Johannes Hanssen (1874-1967) was one of Norway's most active and influential bandmasters, composers, and teachers during the first part of the 20th century. Born near Oslo, he played double bass with the National Theatre, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and other orchestras. He received many honors in his lifetime, including the King's Order of Merit in Gold and King Haakon VIII's Jubilee.

Last updated on March 25, 2014 by Palatine Concert Band