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Storm Bay Shanty

By Fiona Hickie

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Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Woodwind Trio - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Fiona Hickie. Folk. Score, Set of Parts. 8 pages. Published by Fiona Hickie (S0.230955).

Item Number: S0.230955

This piece is a tribute to the many naval explorers and their crews that sailed in the stormy, 'Storm Bay ' seas.

History and Inspiration: Storm Bay Shanty Storm Bay is the opening of the river leading to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city. It was named by Abel Tasman on the  30th November 1642, when a storm forced his ship out to sea before he could anchor there. He did return there  in later days. Throughout its history it has seen indigenous people in their canoes and famous explorers such as  Abel Tasman, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne  , Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, William Bligh, Matthew Flinders, James Kelly  and James Cook sail its waves. In colonial times whalers could also be seen trying to make their fortune. In more  recent times local sailors, including those in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race try and win over one of nature’s  more challenging waterways. This piece is a tribute to them, and the songs that would have been sung by sailors in the bygone era.

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