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A Life on the Ocean Wave

Classical/Song • Lyricist: Epes Sargent • Alternative Title: A Life on the Ocean Wave (for Voice and Piano)

For voice and piano

Title by uploader: A Life on the Ocean Wave
A Life on the Ocean Wave: For voice and piano by Henry Russell


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PDF, 229.2 Kb ID: SM-000080193 Upload date: 19 Oct 2011
Piano, Voice
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
G major
Oliver Ditson & Co.
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For concert band

Title by uploader: A Life On The Ocean Wave

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Seller Dario Salvi
PDF, 8.60 Mb ID: SM-000210535 Upload date: 04 Sep 2014
Flute, Flute piccolo, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Trombone basso, Trombone tenor, Baritone horn, Euphonium, Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Snare drum, Cymbals, Bass drum, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinetto piccolo
Scored for
Concert band
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Dario Salvi
Dario Salvi
Year of composition
World / Ethnic
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The ever-popular Bands of HM Royal Marines are well known for their regimental quick march of “A Life on the Ocean Wave”, but do you know the history of this jaunty piece of music? There’s actually a couple of interesting links between the march and the Medway/Swale/Maidstone areas that our Branch members are active in.

The music for the march is derived from two songs, both of which were composed during the first half of the 19th Century. Both songs remained popular and in print until the First World War. Most of the march is taken from Henry Russell’s “A Life on the Ocean Wave”, published in the 1840s, and the short central section is based on eight bars of “The Sea” by Sigismund Neukomm, first published in 1832.
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