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Sea Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

General Info

Year: 1923
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score & Parts - $90.00


Full Score
Flute & Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet I-II
Bb Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, 4 players, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


The following error is in the SCORE and PART:

  • Eb Clarinet, meas. 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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Highty-Tighties Concert Band (Blacksburg, Va.) (Parker Treuber, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Orange Concert Band (Jonathan Villela, conductor) – 22 April 2019
  • William & Mary University (Williamsburg, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Richard Marcus, conductor) – 29 March 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Red Concert Band (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Herbert Payung, conductor) – 4 December 2018
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Concert Band (Javan Shields, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) University Band (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 24 October 2018
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • Winchendon (Mass.) Winds (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) - 19 May 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Monday Night Band - 18 April 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 1 March 2018

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