10 Songs of the Sea (TB)
for two-part men's choir (TB) and piano

conductor's edition incl. photocopiable songsheets

Music: Various composers, Traditionals
Gwyn Arch (Arr.)
Lyrics: Various authors, Traditional
ISBN: 9783990357279
Order no.: C8262
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Singing is cool – especially singing in small vocal ensembles is currently taking on greater significance among young people. This explains the great number of school and youth choirs experiencing large growth in choral music. However, at the same time the established choirs, especially men’s choirs complain of a shortage of young people. A frequently cited argument for this is the lack of new repertoire for men's choirs. Although there are excellent examples of modern four-part arrangements and compositions for this genre, these are often simply too difficult particularly for young men. If the guys are still interested in singing after their voice change, they are usually needed for the “dum-dup-da” of the supporting voices in mixed school and youth choirs. However, more attention should be paid to these young men’s voices. They should have the opportunity to independently demonstrate their abilities. Anyone who has had good experiences in music early in life will also be interested in singing in a men’s choir or a men’s vocal ensemble later on.

Precisely for this reason does this collection offer a new concept with a new repertoire, ideally suited for the first encounters with men’s vocal singing especially in youth choirs.
The arrangements, written by the experienced English arranger Gwyn Arch for two men’s voices (tenor and bass) and piano accompaniment make a full-fledged resounding performance possible. Thus the guys in the school choir can show what “real” men sound like! Of course, the arrangements are also ideally suited for experienced and seasoned male choirs as an ideal complement to their existing repertoire.

As a special novelty this choral edition includes besides the full score (choral parts with piano accompaniment) in the same booklet all pieces as clear and compact photocopiable songsheets (choral parts without piano). That way, the choral director can legally copy the desired song in choral quantity!


When we think of songs connected with the sea, our thoughts are likely to turn to sea shanties, and indeed, shanties are well-represented in this collection. However, there are plenty of traditional folk songs where the sea forms the backdrop of the story. England, Scotland, the Bahamas, America and Brazil all contribute to this compilation. The shanties (from the French chanter – meaning ‘to sing’) deserve special mention. They were work songs for male voices once commonly sung on board large merchant sailing vessels and associated with the hard labour of setting sails, raising the anchor, etc., invariably requiring co-ordinated effort. In the 19th century, its heyday, shanties were historically sung only in work-based contexts and were never designed for entertainment. The switch to steam-powered ships and the use of machinery for shipboard tasks more and more meant that shanties gradually ceased to serve a practical function. However, recordings by veteran sailors and commercial artists have ensured a continuing popularity. It is for male voice choirs to sustain the tradition!


  1. A-Rovin' (The Maid of Amsterdam)
  2. Bound for the Rio Grande
  3. What shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor
  4. Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her
  5. My Bonnie
  6. Round the Bay of Mexico
  7. Shenandoah
  8. Skye Boat Song
  9. The Sloop John B
  10. Spanish Ladies


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