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Calico Jack

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David Rackley

David William Rackley

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: DR Productions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00; (digital) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bodhran
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


In Parts:

  • All: Initial metronome marking should be half note = 120, not quarter note.
  • Trombone, m.14: Remove mute

Program Notes

John "Calico Jack" Rackham was a notorious 18th century pirate operating in the Bahamas and Cuba. He may have actually been a distant relative of mine. His original and well-known pirate flag, not to mention his romantic relationship with the notorious Anne Bonney, seems an ideal subject for the History Channel.

Until then - musically, Calico Jack captures the nautical feel of sailing the seas searching for ships to plunder. The piece contains two related but distinct themes: A jaunty horn pipe-like dance tune introduced by the piccolo, and a slower, romantic melody reminiscent of a sailing ship riding the ocean waves.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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