What Shall We Do With The Drunken Wind Quintet?

Sea Shanty Arr:Keith Terrett
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
Wind quintet
Instrumental parts
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A great arrangement of the classic sea shanty ’What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’, arranged for Wind Quintet.

A great arrangement to entertain children with during a school concert, and to introduce the instruments of the Wind Quintet.

Drunken Sailor is a famous traditional sea shanty also known as What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?. It is now rarely called by its other name Sailor’s Holiday.

The theme of the song is quite self-explanatory. It begins with the question, "What shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?" (Or sometimes "What do you do," etc.) Each verse thereafter suggests a method of sobering–or castigating, or simply abusing–the sailor.


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