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What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? arranged for brass quintet by Joshua Britt. BE5, 2010, $20.00.

This take on the traditional Irish tune is a fun and fairly quick (i.e., just under four minutes in duration) romp that could be easily readable for a college level brass quintet. Elements in each of the parts might present challenges to high school level players, particularly the bass clef in the horn part, low range in the tuba part, and the ending section's high range in the first trumpet part. The range for the horn player is e-f#". After an introduction of the familiar melody, Britt adds some variations on the opening theme through key changes and rhythmic alterations, before returning to the opening material in the final section of the work. Rhythms are fairly non-taxing in each part. A fun and light-hearted arrangement, this could work well to add some contrast to a number of different concert and educational outreach programs.

Heidi Lucas, University of Southern Mississippi

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Author:Lucas, Heidi
Publication:The Horn Call
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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