Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge
Composed by Ryan Meeboer
For Interchangeable 5-Part Woodwind Ensemble
Arranged by David Marlatt
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Includes score and parts
Part 1: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 2: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 3: Clarinet or Alto Saxophone
Part 4: Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, or Horn
Part 5: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, or Baritone Saxophone
Queen Anne's Revenge was the final ship sailed by Edward Thatch, also known as the pirate, Blackbeard. Recently, there have been some archaeological expeditions to find the remains of the sunken ship, all of which is somewhat reflected by this peice.
To give the “pirate-like” feeling to the music, it has been composed in 6/8 time, as have many pieces about pirates. It opens with a scale pattern to give the listener the feeling of being on the rough seas sailed by pirates. The introduction is to be intense to draw the listener into the music.
The main body of the piece is a slow moving, chorale-like section in 4/4 time, which is used to represent the demise of the ship and its crew. It is to be played as legato as possible by all players to create the somber emotion.
The piece ends by returning to the main section in 6/8 time and the original intensity to reflect the discovery of the ship in its watery grave – Davey Jones' Locker.