What Shall We Do With The Drunken Recorder Consort?

By: Sea Shanty Arr:Keith Terrett
For: Quintet of Soprano Recorders
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Sea Shanty Arr:Keith Terrett
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
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An arrangement for Recorder Consort of a popular English Sea Shanty. Great arrangement for your next concert or recital,which your audience should love.

Have fun with this arrangement, maybe walk on stage with a whiskey bottle or two!

The American Recorder Society have published my original composition ’’Havana Rhubarb Rumba’’ for Recorder septet. You can also purchase it here if you wish.

Drunken Sailor" began its life as a popular song on land at least as early as the 1900s, by which time it had been adopted as repertoire for glee singing at Eton College. Elsewhere in England, by the 1910s, men had begun to sing it regularly at gatherings of the Savage Club of London.

The song became popular on land in America as well. A catalogue of "folk-songs" from the Midwest included it in 1915, where it was said to be sung while dancing "a sort of reel." More evidence of lands-folk’s increasing familiarity with "Drunken Sailor" comes in the recording of a "Drunken Sailor Medley" (ca.1923) by U.S. Old Time fiddler John Baltzell. Evidently the tune’s shared affinities with Anglo-Irish-American dance tunes helped it to become readapted as such, as Baltzell included it among a set of reels.

Classical composers utilized the song in compositions. Australian composer Percy Grainger incorporated the song into his piece "Scotch Strathspey And Reel" (1924). Malcolm Arnold used its melody in his Three Shanties for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 4 (1943).

The glut of writings on sailors’ songs and published collections that came starting in the 1920s and which supported a revival of interest in shanty-singing for entertainment purposes on land. As such, R.R. Terry’s very popular shanty collection, which had begun to serve as a resource for renditions of shanties on commercial recordings in the 1920s, was evidently used by the Robert Shaw Chorale for their 1961 rendition. The Norman Luboff Choir recorded the song in 1959 with the yet uncharacteristic phrasing, "What’ll we do…?

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In Dulci Jubilo ("In sweet rejoicing") for Recorder Quintet, A Soprano/Descant Recorderist Goes Ballroom Dancing, Jazz it up:When the Saint’s Go Marching In for Bass Recorder & Piano, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Treble Recorder & Piano, The Saint’s Visit Havana with a Touch of W.A.Mozart for Descant Recorder & Piano, Jerusalem for Recorder Quintet (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times), Jesus Christ is Risen Today for three Bb Trumpets & Trombone, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Treble Recorder Player ?, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Tenor Recorder Player ?, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Descant Recorder Player ?, Overture from Suite in D from the Water Music for two Treble Recorders & Keyboard, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for two Descant Recorders & String Orchestra, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for Recorder Orchestra, Echo for Recorder Octet, March from 'Judas Maccabaeus' for Recorder Consort (School Junior Recorder Series), Gollidoll's Cakewalk for Recorder Sextet, Vesti La Giubba for Tenor Recorder & Piano, Three Welsh Chorales for Recorder Quartet, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for Recorder Septet, Chorale Partita with Seven Variations for Wind Quintet (Alle Menshen), Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Flexible Band with Drum set, Air on the G string for Soprano/Descant Recorder Duo, O Mio Babbino Caro for Treble Recorder & Piano, Franzosisches Lied: Est-ce Mars? for Recorder Consort, Mattinata for Descant Recorder & Piano, Overture from Suite in D for Two Descant Recorders & Harpsichord, Lustpiel Overture for Recorder Consort, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Recorder Consort, Solveigs sang for Descant Recorder & Keyboard, Träumerei for Recorder Consort, Norwegian National Anthem for Recorder Consort, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Treble Recorder & Piano, Welsh National Anthem for Recorder Consort (Land of my Fathers), 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Descant Recorder & Piano, Fugue on B-a-c-h for Recorder Consort, Three Popular Hymns for Recorder Consort, Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Recorder Consort, Czardas for Tenor Recorder & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for Treble Recorder, Marimba & Double Bass, SUO-GAN for Descant Recorder & Piano, Lily the Pink for School Recorder Quartet with KB & Drums, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for two Descant Recorders & Organ (no pedals), Czardas for Treble Recorder & Piano, Pachelbel's Canon in D for Recorder Octet, Bollywood Tango for Bb Soprano/Soprillo & Eb Baritone Saxophone with Piano, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Recorder Quartet, Eternal Father Strong to Save (Naval hymn) for Recorder Quintet , Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco ("Va, pensiero") for Recorder Quintet, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Oboe & Piano, Vesti La Giubba for Treble/Alto Recorder & Piano, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Tenor Recorder, That’s A Plenty for Recorder Quintet, The Gypsy Descant Recorder Player in New Orleans, Una Furtiva Lagrima for Bb Tenor Saxophone & Piano, Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller) for Recorder Quintet (Jazz for 5 Wind Series), Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Tenor Recorder & Keyboard, A Serenade for Descant Recorder & Keyboard, African Anthem for Recorder Quintet, Japanese National Anthem (Kimiyago - “君が代”) for Recorder Consort (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Bollywood Tango for Soprinino & Tenor Recorder with Piano, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Two Descant Recorders & Piano and 7 Popular carols in Norway for two Treble Recorders

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