Svendsen wrote his three Norwegian rhapsodies between 1876 and 1877. All of them are largely based on themes from a collection og songs (“Ældre og nyere norske Fjeldmelodier” by L.M. Lundeman.
Norwegian Rhapsody no. 3 begin with two dances which eventually merge into a slower part based on a Norwegian folk tune named “Aasmund Fregdegjævar”. The rhapsody ends with to merry folk songs. The rhapsody is dedicated another great Norwegian composer; Edvard Grieg.
Johan Svendsen was a master of orchestration and this transcriptions tries, as far as possible, to take care of his rich orchestral palette.
Bjørn Mellemberg was for many years staff arranger for all professional military bands in Norway. Through this serie published by BM/Norsk Noteservice, many of these compositions and arrangements are are now available for other professional bands and amateurbands in Norway and abroad.
His skills made him both manager and conductor for the military bands. After being retired from the military service, he now gives lectures in methods, ensemble and conducting at the norwegian State academy of music. He is a well-recommended censor in major national and regional music competitions.
SOUND SAMPLE RECORDED BY HIS MAJESTY KINGS GUARD BAND CONDUCTED BY MAJOR ELDAR NILSEN.
Sound Sample used with permission from Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).