Entry March of the Boyars was written for orchestra in 1893 by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935). It is one of the most popular works of the composer, and quickly became an international success. The piece has an occupational inspiration behind it. Halvorsen was offered a post at Bucharest Conservatory but he declined. He became however interested about the city and read about it and the entry of the Romanian boyars into Bucharest in the 18th century. From the 10th through the 17th centuries, the Boyars were the highest-ranking members of the Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, and Ukrainian aristocracy, second only to the ruling princes. The melody has been used as a signature tune for a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly radio program since its start in 1950.