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Sea Songs (arr Longfield)

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Robert Longfield)


General Info

Year: 1923 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Baritone
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Written in 1923 for the following year’s Wembley Exhibition, Sea Songs is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: Princess Royal, Admiral Benbow, and Portsmouth. Written in typical march form with a trio, it was published simultaneously for brass band and wind band, and was later transcribed by the composer for symphony orchestra. It should be noted that Sea Songs was originally intended to be the final movement of Vaughan Williams’ Folk Song Suite.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Originally this setting of folk songs was the fourth movement of Vaughan Williams' famous English Folk Song Suite. Now considered a separate work of its own, here for the first time is an arrangement playable by younger bands. Including Princess Royal; Admiral Benbow and Portsmouth, all the charm and character of the original has been authentically preserved in this outstanding setting.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Vaughan Williams, R.; Longfield, R. (2006). Sea Songs [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.