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HMS Cheerful was a ship that protected the main Shetland fleet from attack from German U-Boats in the first world war. She hit a mine on the 30th June in 1917, 6 miles SSE of Lerwick, the main town of the Shetland Islands where I live (60° 02’N, 01° 07’W)
She held a compliment of 60 souls of which 44 were lost to the sea. I wrote this composition about and dedicate to, the crew of the HMS Cheerful.
The composition is in three parts the first is the ship setting sail, and is optimistic and cheerful! The second is the sinking and the loss of the ship and the souls therein and the last, a sweeping and fading memory of the young lives lost.
Although the piece is fast in the MP3 recording, I would use your own discretion on how fast you would like to start the piece.
It’s ideal for all the Tuba family (including Euphonium and Baritone, and Eb Horn), and of course trombone, as I think it gives the composition that deep sea feeling.
If you find any problems with the score or this description! Then please let me know and I will be happy to address the issue.