Drunken Sailors’ Hornpipe


Double bass quartet with optional bass 5

Composer: Traditional
Arranger: Cathy Elliott

Instrumentation: 4 or 5 double basses
Difficulty: Suitable for lower intermediate players

Printed edition: The Drunken Sailor

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The Drunken Sailors’ Hornpipe is a medley of the traditional song ‘What shall we do with the Drunken Sailor’ and a ‘Hornpipe’ dance arranged for four double basses. It is in D minor/major and the melody moves between Basses 1, 2 and 3.

This quartet is suitable for a multi-level group of beginner and intermediate players. Basses 1 and 2 cover a wider range of notes than the other two parts, using positions up to fourth position. Bass 4 is entirely in first position.

Syncopated rhythms, harmonics, accents and tremolo all feature in The Drunken Sailors’ Hornpipe.

The download edition makes it possible to play The Drunken Sailors’ Hornpipe as a quintet for five double basses where the 5th part is played using only open strings.

Printed Edition

ISMN: 979-0-708191-11-7

Performance Video

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