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Sailing on the Dew [SATB]

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By Laurie Betts Hughes

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Piano Accompaniment, SATB - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Laurie Betts Hughes. Contemporary Classical, Old-time, Americana. Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Dandelion Music Press (S0.235911).

Item Number: S0.235911

Commissioned for the Redmond Centennial Celebration with themes of "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," this faux sea-chanty is a fictional account of the "Jennie June" which may or may not have played a role in helping homesteaders settle Redmond, WA. Redmond is the homesite of Microsoft, other tech companies, and many new start-ups.  This contemporary adventure- and fortune-seeking hearkens back to the settling of the area and forward to what sort of spirit of adventure will draw future homesteaders to the area.

The muddy Squak River was so shallow, boats were said to be "sailing on the dew" and to take so long that boats would sail up in January and return in June.  It was slow-going from Seattle to the Eastside until they got the right vessel for the job.  The water was too shallow for paddle steamers, and the Jennie June was a much-beloved vessel with a propeller on the back to better navigate the difficult river.

Also available in Two-Part Treble voicing.

2017 Choral Contest Entry

Laurie Betts Hughes, ASCAP \|

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