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All Ye Young Sailors

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Pierre LaPlante

Traditional Sea Chantey arranged by Pierre La Plante

Subtitle: Blow the Man Down!

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 1:30
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

All Ye Young Sailors is taken from a line of one of the best known of all sea chanteys, Blow the Man Down. The song is sometimes called The Black Ball Line, named after a shipping company. It is "halyard" and "long drag" chantey, sung to ease the chores of hoisting the yards and catting the anchor. It was sung in call-and-response fashion by a skillful singer or "shanteyman," who was valued as much for his singing as for his seafaring ability. Old "salts" call a shantey "another hand on the rope."

- Program Note from score

This work was written at the suggestion of a colleague of Pierre La Plante's who wished there were more 6/8 pieces written for beginning bands.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • La Plante, P. (2005). All Ye Young Sailors: "Blow the Man Down": Traditional Sea Chantey [score]. Dawhn: New Glarus, Wisc.
  • Perusal score
  • Pierre La Plante website Accessed 22 January 2022