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Ronald Binge
SAILING BY for orchestra
Goodmusic Concert Originals GMCO136

Catalogue Number: GMCO136

Difficulty level: C What's this?

ISMN: 9790222298088

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Orchestration: 2 Flutes, Cor Anglais, 2 Clarinets in Bb, Bassoon, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Percussion (Triangle, Vibraphone), Harp
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

Sailing By is a short piece for orchestra composed by Ronald Binge in 1963, which is used before the late Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio. A slow waltz, the piece uses a repetitive ABABC structure and features a distinctive rising and falling woodwind arpeggio.
Loved by many late night listeners, it is played every night on BBC Radio 4 at around 00:45hrs before the late Shipping Forecast. Its tune is repetitive, assisting in its role of serving as a signal for sailors tuning in to be able to easily identify the radio station. It also functions as a buffer - depending on when the final programme before closedown finishes, Sailing By (or part of it) is played as a "filler" as the shipping forecast starts at 00:48hrs precisely. The initial reason for its introduction was because of the indeterminate finish time for the preceding Midnight News, leading to filling music being played until the Shipping Forecast was due to start.

This new Goodmusic edition is the first time the orchestral score and parts has been offered for sale.
A PACK includes a full score, string parts 4/4/3/4/2 and all wind, brass and percussion parts.
Duration 2½ minutes

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