The Seal Lullaby A Quick History

The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre is a very impactful and emotional piece that has become widely popular in band programs around the nation as of late. The piece came to fruition when Whitacre was approached by Disney executives and asked to write a piece for their newest movie "The White Seal".

Shortly after Whitacre wrote the piece, however, the movie idea was scrapped. This piece was then left as a standalone choral piece, and later adapted for band.

Whitacre drew his inspiration from he Rudyard Kipling poem entitled The White Seal, which he also used for the lyrics to his choral adaptation. The poem can be found here: http://www.authorama.com/jungle-book-7.html

Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o'er the combers, looks downward to find us At rest in the hollows that rustle between. Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow, Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease! The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee, Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas!

With its warm melody and chordal structure that envelops its listener, The Seal Lullaby is proving to be one of Whitacre's most popular works yet. When playing this piece, try thinking of images or memories that make you feel at ease, or even reminiscent. Since the poem focuses heavily on the impact of motherly love, pictures like these could help you connect with the piece more easily. onnections like these will allow you to take ownership of the mindset you need to be in to play this piece, and ultimately, you will encapsulate it in your playing.

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