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Sea Songs

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

General Info

Year: 1924
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00


Full Score
C Piccolo Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (4 players) including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


In Parts:

  • C Flute and Piccolo, m.19: First four notes should be 16th notes.

In Score and Parts:

  • E-flat Clarinet, m.58: Upper note should be printed C.

Program Notes

Written in 1923 for the following year’s Wembley Exhibition, Sea Songs is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: Princess Royal, Admiral Benbow, and Portsmouth. Written in typical march form with a trio, it was published simultaneously for brass band and wind band, and was later transcribed by the composer for symphony orchestra. It should be noted that Sea Songs was originally intended to be the final movement of Vaughan Williams’s Folk Song Suite.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


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State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (David Robinson, conductor) - 14 November 2021
  • Collinsville (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Alfredo Deleon, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 18 April 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 12 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Concert Band (Steven Kelly, conductor) – 16 November 2020
  • Andrews University (Berrien Spring, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) – 24 October 2020
  • Carroll Community Wind Ensemble (Carrollton, Ga.) (Terry Lowery, conductor) – 22 October 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Hannah Morrison, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt High School Wind Ensemble (John Roebke, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) 9-10 High School Honor Band (Ishbah Cox, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha) (Kaleb Benda, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • University Heights (Ohio) Symphonic Band (Matthew Salvaggio, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Johnson City (Tenn.) Community Concert Band (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 16 June 2019
  • Kenosha (Wisc.) Pops Concert Band (Craig Gall, conductor) – 12 June 2019
  • Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble (Vero Beach, Fla.) (Colbert Page Howell, conductor) – 7 June 2019
  • Blythewood (S.C.) High School Concert Band (Quintus Wrighten, conductor) – 16 May 2019
  • Highty-Tighties Concert Band (Blacksburg, Va.) (Parker Treuber, conductor) – 5 May 2019

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