Huron Passage is part of a larger work by McMichael titled "Great Lakes Voyage." She has cleverly woven together four Great Lakes folk tunes including The Huron Carol Hoot Owl Song, What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? and Once More A-Lumbering Go.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 4:00
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2/3
Horn in F 1/3
Horn in F 2/4
Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum, suspended cymbal)
Percussion 2 (low tom or field drum, tambourine, triangle)
Great Lakes Voyage was commissioned to celebrate the memory of Andy Anderson, a charter member of the Bay Concert Band. The charge was to create a piece that would have special meaning for the band, and one that Andy would have enjoyed playing. Great Lakes folk song themes seemed a natural topic. The tunes chosen include:
I. Bigler’s Crew
II. Low Bridge, Everybody Down (commonly known as The Erie Canal, written by Gov. Thomas Allen of NY in 1913)
III. Nearer, My God, To Thee (Sarah F. Adams, 1841), The Persia Crew, also known as Lake Huron’s Rockbound Shore
IV. The Huron Carol (French Canadian Tune), Hoot Owl Song (Chippewa/Objiwa, collected by Gertrude Prokosch Kurath), What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor and Once More A-Lumbering Go (collected by Earl Clifton Beck)
‘Twas the moon of wintertime, when all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wandering hunters heard the hymn:
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis Gloria.”
Hoot Owl Song
(Ning-o-sa = I’m afraid of, Kukuku’u = owl, Wabikuku = great white owl)
What do you do with a drunken sailor (3x) / Ear-lai in the morning?
Once More A-Lumbering Go
Come all you sons of freedom that run the Saginaw stream,
Come all you roving lumber boys and listen to my there:
We’ll cross the Titabawassee, where the mighty waters flow,
And we’ll range the woods of Michigan, once more a-lumbering go, and once more a-lumbering go.
And we’ll range the woods of Michigan, once more a-lumbering go.