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Out to Sea and the Shark Cage Fugue

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John Williams (trans. Jay Bocook)

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Subtitle: From the Universal Picture Jaws

General Info

Year: 1975 / 2011
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $215.00   |   Score Only (print) - $28.00


1. Out to Sea
2. Shark Cage Fugue


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When I first saw Jaws, I thought that it was a great movie in the best time honored tradition of adventure films. It was thrilling, at times terrifying, and always tremendously enjoyable to watch. The film plumbed the depths of our fear of the deep. As the small boat, the Orca, set out to battle with the great white shark, the orchestra provided a fugue to underscore the epic struggle between man and beast. Jaws was director Stephen Spielberg’s first great popular success, and the role that the music played in the film is something that always elicits a broad smile from me, and what I hope is a permissibly small measure of pride.

- Program Note by composer

Referring to the 1975 blockbuster Jaws, director Steven Spielberg states that John Williams' music “was clearly responsible for half the success of the movie.” This suite features two of the signature musical sequences. In Out to Sea, the trio of shark hunters led by police chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider) heads into open water to find the menacing beast. This is followed by the Shark Cage Fugue, a classically inspired and sophisticated accompaniment to a tense underwater scene in which Hooper (portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss) comes face-to-face with the great white in an all-too-fragile suspended cage.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Williams, J.; Bocook, J. (2011). Out to Sea and the Shark Cage Fugue : From the Universal Picture Jaws [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.