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McGaughey, Fran

PDF Shenandoah Ensemble

EASY TO INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS. Flexible to fit your needs. Harp Solo, Harp Duet, Harp with Solo Instrument, Voice with Harp, and Full Ensemble. To hear the sound file, click on the "download" tab in the long description. This is a PDF download.

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We all have a longing for this music for the soul.  This creates an emotional traveling journey. It also happens to be a perennial favorite. This version is very flexible to fit your needs.

Harp Solo, Harp Duet, Harp with Solo Instrument, Voice with Harp, and Full Ensemble.
Harp 1 is intermediate.  Harp 2 is easy. The solo instrument can be any instrument to blend with the harps.  A cello or a violin would be a prime choice.  The sound file uses panpipes.  Vocal music in included.  Verse 3 is a repeat of Verse 1 for the listeners to sing with the music.  Additional lyrics are easily attainable on the internet.

Wikipedia offers the following history:

Shenandoah was first printed as part of Capt. Robert Chamblet Adams' article "Sailors' Songs", in the April 1876 issue of The New Dominion Monthly.  He also included it in his 1879 book On Board the "Rocket". It was later printed as part of William L. Alden's article "Sailor Songs", in the July 1882 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine. The song had become popular as a sea chanty with sailors by the 1880s.


The origin of the song is unclear, and there are many sets of lyrics.Some lyrics may tell the story of a roving trader in love with the daughter of an Indian chief; in this interpretation, the rover tells the chief of his intent to take the girl with him far to the west, across the Missouri River. Other interpretations tell of a pioneer's nostalgia for the Shenandoah River Valley in Virginia, or of a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War, dreaming of his country home in Virginia.


The song is also associated with escaped slaves. They were said to sing the song in gratitude because the river allowed their scent to be lost. The Shenandoah area made many parts like wheels and seats for wagons going west. These parts were assembled in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and settlers set out in Conestoga wagons down the Ohio River, on the Mississippi and west up the Missouri River. Lyrics were undoubtedly added by rivermen, settlers, and the millions who went west.

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PDF Shenandoah Ensemble

PDF Shenandoah Ensemble

EASY TO INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS. Flexible to fit your needs. Harp Solo, Harp Duet, Harp with Solo Instrument, Voice with Harp, and Full Ensemble. To hear the sound file, click on the "download" tab in the long description. This is a PDF download.

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