Santianna – Resource Pack

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This is a straightforward arrangement of a very famous sea shanty. The title refers to Antonio López de Santa Anna, an enigmatic Mexican politician and general from the 19th century. The songwriter was clearly a fan, and the lyrics make several claims about the extent of Santianna’s achievements which do not stand up to historical scrutiny. However, there can be no doubt as to the power and beauty of this fine old song.

As with many arrangements I write, this song can be done using virtually any combination of singers. As indicated in the score, the parts can be taken down an octave if necessary. Directors of mixed choirs might also wish to create mixed voice parts that span an octave. Choir leaders know their choirs’ voices far better than arrangers, so it down to your discretion as to how you would like to organise your choir to sing this song. However, in an ideal world this is the configuration I would suggest, depending on the make up of your choir…

All women: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – soprano, voice 3 – alto
Women with a small number of men: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – alto, voice 3 – alto and bass (an octave lower)
Two thirds women / One third men: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – alto, voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
An equal number of men and women: voice 1 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – alto and bass (an octave lower)
Two thirds men / One third women: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
Men with a small number of women: voice 1 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
All men: voice 1 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)

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  • A good sing!

    A nice return to an old favourite from my parents record collection.You need three good strong parts and good soloists for this. We are just adjusting the solos so they don’t affect everyone coming in with the ‘Away santianna ‘refrain as if you give this to a whole vocal part eg altos, it can then affect what they sing next!. But we’ve enjoyed working a capella on this piece.

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