What Shall We Do With The Drunken Tuba Quartet?

By: Sea Shanty Arranged by Keith Terrett
For: Quartet of Tubas
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Sea Shanty Arranged by Keith Terrett
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
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An arrangement of the popular Sea Shanty ’What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ arranged for Tuba Quartet, consisting of two Euphoniums and two Tubas.

The shanty was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships, especially those that required a bright walking pace. It is believed to originate in the early 19th century or before, during a period when ships’ crews, especially those of military vessels, were sufficiently large to permit hauling a rope whilst simply marching along the deck. With the advent of merchant packet and clipper ships and their smaller crews, which required different working methods, use of the shanty appears to have declined or shifted to other, minor tasks.

"Drunken Sailor" was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century, and grew to become one of the best-known songs of the shanty repertoire among mainstream audiences. It has been performed and recorded by many musical artists and appeared in many popular media.

Although the song’s lyrics vary, they usually contain some variant of the question, "What shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?" In some styles of performance, each successive verse suggests a method of sobering or punishing the drunken sailor. In other styles, further questions are asked and answered about different people.

The song is #322 in the Roud Folk Song Index.

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Vedrò con mio diletto Aria:from the Opera ''Il Giustino" for C Tuba & Keyboard, The Saint’s Visit Havana with a Touch of W.A.Mozart for Bb Trombone-Euphonium (TC), Jerusalem for Tuba Quintet (And Did Those feet In Ancient Times), What Shall We Do With The Drunken Band? (Flexible School Wind Band Series), Jesus Christ is Risen Today for three Bb Trumpets & Trombone, Overture from Suite in D (Water Music) for two Euphoniums & Keyboard, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Tuba & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for C Tuba & Piano, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for Tuba Quintet, March from ’Judas Maccabaeus’ for Junior Brass Quartet (School Junior Brass Series), Three Welsh Chorales for Tuba Quartet, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Trombone Quartet?, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Bb Euphophonist, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for C Tuba & Keyboard, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Tubist? (Pro-version), Czardas for solo Euphonium & Symphony Orchestra, Chorale Partita with Seven Variations for Trombone Quintet (1 Alto, 3 Tenors & Bass), What Shall We Do With The Drunken School Brass Quintet?, Jesus Christ is Risen Today for Classical Brass Quartet (with high Bb Piccolo Trumpet Descant), Jazz it up: ’When the Saints Go Marching In’ for Tuba & Piano, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for Two Tubas & Piano, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Two C Euphoniums & Piano, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone & Keyboard, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for C Tuba & Piano, Jasmine Flower (The) for C Tuba & Piano, Mattinata for C Tuba & Piano, SUO-GAN for C Baritone/Euphonium/Trombone & Piano , Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Tuba Quintet, Last Verses for Brass Quartet & Organ, O Sole Mio for Baritone/Euphonium/Trombone & Piano (BC), Prelude from the Te Deum for French Horn & Organ (Lower version), The Gypsy Euphonium Player in New Orleans (BC), Largo (from Concerto in D Major for Lute, RV. 96) for Trombone Quintet, Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco for Brass Band Quintet, Trio Sonata D minor WQ 145 for Bb Trumpet, Horn & Keyboard, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Flute & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Wind Series), Czardas for C Tuba & Piano, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Brass Quintet? (pro-version), The Gypsy Tuba Player in New Orleans (Eb Treble Clef), Czardas for solo Euphonium/Trombone & Pianoforte, A Serenade for Brass Quintet , Equinox for Brass Quintet & Drum Set, Eternal Father Strong, to Save for Trombone Quartet (low brass), Czardas for solo Euphonium & Brass Quintet (BC Version), Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Low Brass Quartet, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for C Euphonium & Piano (Pro-version), 7 julsangs (Xmas carols) popular in Norway for Brass/Messing Quartet, Czardas for C Trombone & Pianoforte, Vesti La Giubba for Bb Bass (Tuba) & Piano, The Gypsy Tuba Player in New Orleans (BC for C Tuba), When the Saint's Go Marching In for Brass Band Quintet, Träumerei for C Trombone/ Euphonium & Piano, M’Appari Tutt’ Amor for Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone (BC) & Piano, Czardas for Solo Euphonium & Concert Band in C minor, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for C Tuba & Keyboard/Organ, A Serenade for Trombone, Baritone or Euphonium (BC) & Piano and 7 Popular carols in Norway for two C Tubas

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