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Johnnie Vinson

Johnnie Vinson

Subtitle: A Scottish Legend

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


1. Baby Seal – 2:15
2. Young Lad – 1:35


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A selkie (also spelled selchie or silkie) is a mythical creature found in Celtic folklore. When in the water the selkie is a seal, but when on land it becomes a human.

The idea for this composition came from a story about a Scottish fisherman who finds a baby seal near the beach. Because there are no other seals around, he decides to wrap it up and take it home. When the fisherman and his wife unwrap it, they discover that it is no longer a seal, but is now a baby boy. They realize that it is a selkie and decide to raise it as their son, never letting it go back into the water. Time passes and the baby grows into a fine young lad. One day the fisherman’s boat is caught in a terrible storm, and he is in danger of drowning. Seeing this, the young lad jumps into the sea, again becomes a seal, and swims out and rescues the fisherman.

The two parts (or movements) of this work are musical impressions of the selkie character, first as a baby seal, then as a young lad. The baby seal, being lost in the surf, is depicted in a rather melancholy manner in a minor key. The young lad is portrayed as very Scottish (think kilts and bagpipes), and the music employs a number of characteristics of Scottish folk tunes.

- Program Note from Louis Pizitz Middle School Symphony Band concert program, 16 December 2015


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