Three Sea Shanties
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown
1. What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?
2. Boney Was a Warrior
3. Johnny Come Down to Hilo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F
None discovered thus far.
Malcolm Arnold’s Three Sea Shanties was composed in 1943 for woodwind quintet. It is one of the better-known quintet works, due to Arnold’s imaginative writing and quirky renditions. It is based on three well-known tunes.
Movement I – What Should We Do with a Drunken Sailor? This movement depicts the sailor’s drunkenness through quickly varying tempos and wobbly-sounding atonality.
Movement II – Boney Was a Warrior. This movement is slower and more introspective. A lovely melody is handed off between all five instruments -- most notably the French horn which starts and ends the movement.
Movement III – Johnny Come Down to Hilo. This movement is creative, uniquely composed, and exciting. You won’t hear a better written woodwind quintet piece. Each instrument gets to shine, with a rhythmic melody passed throughout the ensemble.
- Program Note from Utah Symphony
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None discovered thus far.
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- University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony Woodwinds (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 13 May 2021
- Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 23 March 2021
- Tacoma (Wash.) Youth Symphony Association Woodwind Quintet I – 8 August 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Brass Quintet No. 2 (1987)
- Concerto for Oboe and Strings (arr. Watts) (1952)
- Divertimento for Wind Octet (1988)
- English Dances, Book One (tr. Johnstone) (1950/1965)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Herbert) (1951/1989)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Sudduth)
- English Dances Set 2 (tr. Thompson)
- Fanfare for a Festival (arr. McDermott) (1955/1986/2000)
- Fanfare for Louis, 1970
- Four Cornish Dances (tr. Marciniak)
- Four Scottish Dances (tr. Paynter) (1957/1978)
- Four Welsh Dances (tr. Parkes)
- A Grand, Grand Overture (tr. Wilson)
- H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge (1957)
- The Inn of Sixth Happiness (arr. Suzuki) (1958/)
- March from "A Little Suite" (arr. Sumner) (1955/1965)
- The Padstow Lifeboat, op. 94
- Peterloo Overture (tr. Sayre)
- Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (tr. Paynter) (1963/1979)
- Quintet for Two Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba (1961/2004)
- River Kwai March, The (1957)
- Sarabande and Polka from Solitaire (tr. Paynter)
- Symphony for Brass, op. 123
- Symphony No. 2: Allegretto and Vivace, op. 40 (tr. Parkes)
- Symphony No. 2: Finale, op. 40 (tr. Sudduth)
- Tam O'Shanter Overture, op. 51 (tr. Paynter)
- Three Sea Shanties (1943)
- Trevelyan Suite, op. 96
- Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps (trans. Braddock) (1978/2019)
- Water Music, op. 82