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Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships during the "Age of Sail." Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hailing on the lines (ropes).

In Virginia, where there is a river by the same name, Shenandoah means “daughter of the stars,” which gives a clue to the sailor’s “loving the daughter.” The song originally referred to the love of a white man for a Native-American Chief’s daughter along the Missouri River, and can be traced back to the early 1800’s as a windlass and capstan shanty.

This is one movement from a suite of four well-known, traditional sea shanties, a choice if only a single movement is desired. See Abernathy – Sea Shanties for the complete suite at a discounted price.

(Skill level: high school and above)

Abernathy - SHENANDOAH

  • Audio track (for purchase singly, or on new album Three Suites for Four Horns) will be forthcoming shortly. Thank you for your patience.

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