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The Privateers

By Craig Wadley

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Concert Band, Marching Band, Flexible-Scoring - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Craig Wadley. 21st Century, Repertoire, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 102 pages. Published by Wadley Publications (S0.208875).

Item Number: S0.208875

The Privateers is a swashbucklingdepiction of an oceangoing pirate adventure, presented in the form of amarch.  The piece starts with a brieffanfare, followed immediately by a rousing melody in the style of an oldsea-shanty.  Images of sailing upon anendless sea of stars come to mind as a tranquil nocturne is presented, but thepeace is shattered as cutlasses and sabers clash in a dogfight sure to end inDavy Jones’ locker!  The music swells toa dramatic conclusion as our mighty galleon surges across a stormy sea.




The Privateers comes with fullsets of both concert/stage and marching/field parts, allowing for greatflexibility in your performance venues. Contemporary marching bands and drum& bugle corps utilize specialized field percussion which is typically notused in a concert setting.  With thispiece, the use of “outdoor” percussion (quad toms and a tonal bass drum line) onstageis encouraged, although not required.  Asingle bass drum line is included which may be used instead of (or in additionto) the tonal bass drum line, and the Quad Toms part may be omitted. 


A piano part is included, primarily for optional use indoorsas a color instrument for the ensemble. However, smaller bands in particular may find it useful for filling outthe accompaniment line if instrumentation is limited.  Optionally, a very small ensemble of melodicinstruments could be used, with the piano acting as a full-fledged accompaniment.


Several optional parts are included, such as Eb and Bb Horn,for ensembles with limited instrumentation. Also, the two “Low Winds” parts should be distributed equally acrosstrombone, baritone/euphonium, and tenor sax players.


Double reed parts are not included.  Double these instruments on appropriate partsto suit the needs of your ensemble.


Teaching Points


Meter – The alternation of 6/8 and 4/4 with a constant pulse(rather than a constant 8th note) provides an excellent opportunityto teach your students to shift the subdivision of the beat from triple toduple and back again.


Chromaticism & Accidentals – There is a recurringpassage which features the prominent use of secondary dominants, or “circle offifths” chord motion.  Students can learna few less-than-common accidentals and enharmonics, while also getting a largerlesson in music theory.

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