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Sea Hawk

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (arr. Brubaker)

Subtitle: Suite for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1940 / 2010
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - 75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Eric Korngold’s score to Sea Hawk is considered to be Korngold’s film score masterpiece. In 1940, when Korngold chose to work on The Sea Hawk, he had already written outstanding scores for Errol Flynn's films The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood. Korngold wrote 106 minutes of music for its 126-minute length. He used the full Warner Bros. orchestra of 54 players, plus exotic percussion instruments in the sequences set in Panama.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The Sea Hawk was released in 1940 and starred Errol Flynn, who played an English pirate who terrorizes the Spanish Armada. In the process, he falls in love with a Spanish princess named Dona Maria and must contend with the conflict between his loyalty to the crown and his desire to win the heart of his love. The present collection of music from the film highlights all of the main themes of Korngold’s film score, from the swashbuckling action to the heartfelt love story at the center of the adventure.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 14 March 2016

Commercial Discography

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