Victory at Sea

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Russell Bennett
Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett

Subtitle: Symphonic Scenario

General Info

Year: 1952 / 955
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Williamson Music, exclusively distributed by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Piano (Conductor Condensed Score)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-f;at Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare drum
  • Oriental drum
  • Military drum
  • Bass drum
  • Crash cymbals
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Large gong
  • Tambourine
  • Low bells
  • Orchestra bells
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • B-flat Trumpet I, m.277, beat 1: G should read B.
  • Horn in F I, m.108, beat 4-6: The rhythm should read: eighth rest - eighth note - eighth note.
  • Horn in F I, m.243, beat 1: Add quarter rest.
  • Horn in F I, m.278, beat 1&: C should read B.
  • Horn in F I, m.280, beat 1&: G natural should read G sharp.
  • Horn in F II, m.23: Delete smudge at top of measure.
  • Horn in F II, m.80: Remove rehearsal "81".
  • Horn in F II, m.81: Add rehearsal "81".
  • Horn in F II, m.158: Add B-flat key signature.
  • Baritone T.C., m.160, beat 6: Add eighth rest.
  • Basses, m.253, beat 2: Lower voice A should read G.
  • Percussion, m.22: Add rehearsal figure "22".
  • Percussion, m.27: Change rehearsal figure "22" to "27".

Program Notes

The documentary television series about naval warfare during World War II entitled Victory at Sea was originally broadcast by NBC in the United States in 1952 and 1953. It was condensed into a film in 1954. Excerpts from the music soundtrack, by Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett, were re-recorded and sold as record albums. The series, which won an Emmy award in 1954 as "best public affairs program," played an important part in establishing historic "compilation" documentaries as a viable television genre.

The New Yorker Magazine describes the music as "a seemingly endless creation, now martial, now tremendously moving." The symphonic sweep of Rodgers's score captures the moods and variations of the panoramic war at sea in all its terror and beauty, and adds an elusive emotional dimension which neither camera nor words quite convey.

Rodgers's music is greatly enhanced by the comprehensive arrangement of his long-time collaborator, Robert Russell Bennett. Bennett transformed 12 of Rodgers's 24 "themes" — Song of the High Seas (main theme), Submarines in a Calm Sea, Beneath the Southern Cross, The Guadalcanal March, The Sunny Pacific Islands, The Approaching Enemy, Death and Debris, The Hymn of Victory, Big Wave -- into today's symphonic scenario. Bennett also composed much more original material than Rodgers had, for which he received little credit.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia and Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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