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Shanty Land - Sectional Feature

Shanty Land
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About This Work

"Shanty Land",is a selection of traditional British Sea Shanties compiled and arranged by Gordon Turner for Concert Band. Full of nautical fun this sectional feature is a great audience pleaser and fun to perform.

A sea shanty is a type of work song dating from the days of sailing ships, when manipulating heavy sails, by means of ropes, from positions on the deck constituted a large part of a sailor's work. The leader, or shantyman, chosen for his seamanship rather than his musical talent, stood at the leading position on the rope, while the sailors crouched along the rope behind him. The shantyman would intone a line of a song and the group respond in chorus, heaving on the rope at a given point in the melody. The shantyman was one of the crucial members of the ship's crew, and it was said, "a good shantyman was worth four extra hands on the rope." He selected a song of appropriate type and speed for the task, and, by improvising verses, he could spin the song out for as long as needed; shanty texts are thus far more fluid than published versions indicate.

ArrangerGordon Turner
CategoryInstrumental Feature
DurationCirca 5 mins
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 2.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
Flutes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Set
Wood Blocks
Double Bass
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Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM586

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