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The Saucy Arethusa


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The Saucy Arethusa

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"The Saucy Arethusa" from “Fantasia on British Sea Songs” arranged by Henry Wood is a nautical song thought to have been first performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in 1796 as part of a comic opera called “The Lock and Key”. The Arethusa of the title is a frigate of the Royal Navy, named HMS Arethusa, which was captured from the French Navy in 1759. The song heralds a successful engagement in 1778 in the English Channel between the “Arethusa” and a French frigate.

Arranged by Tom Barton

1:30 Minutes

4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
3 Trombones
1 Euphonium
1 Tuba
2 Percussion

Percussion section requires: Timpani and Snare Drum
Alternative transposed parts for Eb Soprano Cornet, Eb Tenor Horn, Bb Trombone, Euphonium or Baritone in Treble Clef and Eb & Bb Bass in Treble Clef are automatically included in both hard copy and download formats.
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