Variants on a Sea Shanty

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Arranged by Robert Sheldon

Subtitle: Drunken Sailor

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 1:25
Difficulty: I 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $48.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sea shanties were often sung by sailors in the 19th century to accompany ship-board task that required a brisk pace of work. Drunken Sailor is among the best known of the repertoire and became a popular song among non-sailors during the 20th century. The infectious tune has lyrics that ask the question, "What do we do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?" Each subsequent verse suggests various forms of punishment for the poor chap.

- Program Note from score

This energetic work is marked “With spirit,” and is based upon the well-known sea shanty “Drunken Sailor.” The melody is first played by the trumpets, but the flutes, oboes, and xylophone double the melody on the repeat, with added counterpoint. The scoring varies with each subsequent verse.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, November 2014, p. 40


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