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Sea Shanty Variations

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Timothy Loest

Timothy Loest

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 1:30
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Slapstick
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibra-slap


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

With images of sailors hoisting the sail and swabbing the deck, this work is based on the well-known chanty Drunken Sailor.This rhythmical work also give you the opportunity to teach theme and variations. Let's hoist the anchor and go.

-Program Note from publisher

Get ready to hoist anchor and set sail with this dramatic theme and variations based on the well-known shanty Drunken Sailor. Experience the jaunty, swashbuckling theme as it is passed throughout the band and developed in captivating ways. Steeped in nautical lore, this engaging work is certain to be a concert favorite. All hands on deck!

-Program Note by FJH Music

Sea Shanty Variations is based on the well-known sea song Drunken Sailor, taking the shanty through an introduction, main theme, three variations, and dramatic conclusion. The first variation introduces a countermelody in the upper woodwinds. The second variation bounces the melody around the different instrument families. A short transition builds to the third variation, labeled “All Hands on Deck!”, during which the countermelody returns as the full ensemble drives to an exciting finish. Sea Shanty Variations is dedicated to the John Middleton Elementary School 5th Grade Band, Skokie, Illinois.

-Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program,18 December 2013


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