Songs of Sailor and Sea

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $87.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00; (digital) - $15.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Sea Chanty
2. Whale Song
3. Racing The Yankee Clipper


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anchor Chains (2)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves, low and high
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marching Block
  • Marimba
  • Ocean Drums
  • Ratchet
  • Ship's Bell
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


  • Percussion I, m.14: This first entrance is on suspended cymbal.
  • Percussion II: Remove “low claves” from instrument list.
  • Percussion II, m.130: This entrance is on bass drum.
  • Percussion III: Add “low claves” to instrument list.
  • Percussion III, m.77: This entrance is on crash cymbals.
  • Percussion III, m.130: The asterisk on “Two Anchor Chains” refers to the instruction previously given at meas. 69.
  • Percussion III, m.163: This entrance is on crash cymbals.
  • Mallet Percussion. m.131: this entrance is on suspended cymbal.

Program Notes

Songs of Sailor and Sea celebrates man's eternal fascination with the sea and the centuries of seamen who have battled its powerful waves and mysterious depths. Commissioned by the United States Navy Band, this three-movement work depicts shipboard life with a Sea Chanty, creatures of the sea with Whale Song, and finally, the American clipper ships with Racing the Yankee Clipper. Expanded percussion richly enhances this dramatically descriptive musical narrative.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to Lieutenant Commander John R. Pastin and the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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