Richard Lambert Music

In memoriam (Op.49)

This piece for concert band moves from a solemn grieving to a joyous peroration

2fl, ob, 3cl, alto sax, ten sax, 2hn, 3crnt, euph, 3tbn, tba, drum kit, 2perc, 3timp (FDA)

This was scored for band in 2009 from an organ piece, In memoriam (Op.29 No.1), written a year earlier, in memory of John W Davis MBE (1920–2008), the composer's uncle and godfather.

It was first performed at his memorial service at the Bath and West Showground on 29 May 2009 by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The Director of Music, Major Wayne Hopla, kindly allowed the composer to conduct the performance, as a further tribute to his uncle, a former bandsman.

Eschewing morbidity, the solemn D minor theme is subjected to continual variation, eventually succumbing to two noble statements in D major; the first, stated simply, the second a majestic peroration. The piece moves from grieving a loss to celebrating a life.

Performing note: While desirable, the timpani (percussion 3) and glockenspiel (percussion 4) are optional. It is assumed that the snare drum and the suspended cymbal (percussion 1) are played from a kit.


  1. 29 May 2009 at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Memorial Service to JW Davis MBE. Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas cond. composer (see photo gallery)


This recording of In memoriam was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of In memoriam from Score Exchange.

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