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Sea Hawk, The (arr Verhaert)

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (arr. Verhaert)

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General Info

Year: 1940 / 2004
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Beriato Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £97.00   |   Score Only (print) - £15.25


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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 Erich Korngold's last film score for a series of blockbuster swashbuckler films, all starring Errol Flynn. Other films in this series included The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Captain Blood (1935). It is widely regarded as one of Korngold's best scores. The film, running two hours and six minutes, was one of the longest he ever worked on and featured a symphonic accompaniment for all but 20 minutes. In the final duel between Thorpe and Wolfingham, music historian Laurence E. MacDonald states that "Korngold's breathlessly fast-paced music helps to make this one of the most exciting swordfights in cinema history."

- Program Note by Gregory C. Depp for the Metropolitan Wind Symphony concert program, 5 March 2017

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  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) – 5 March 2017
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) 22 April 2017 (The Palladium, Carmel IN)

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