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Donkey Riding

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Donald Coakley

Traditional, arranged by Donald Coakley


General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Donkey Riding is an old sailor’s song that originated on ships that sailed from Glasgow, Scotland and Liverpool, England, to bring back timber from Canada. Donkey Riding was sung as a work song to help the sailors load lumber onto the ship decks. The “Donkey” in the title refers to the donkey engines used in loading the cargo onto the ships. The melody is based on the Scottish march Highland Laddie which had also been transformed into a sea chantey. The sea chantey was not related to the work song, but was sung by British and American sailors plying the Atlantic Ocean. A version of Donkey Riding was sung by cotton stowers on Mobile, Alabama.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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Media


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Coakley, D. (1998). Donkey Riding [score]. Eighth Note Publications: Markham, Ont.
  • Perusal score