Sheet Music: The Rio Grande

TitleThe Rio Grande
Alternate titlesAway for Rio
Bound for the Rio Grande
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-03-12
Last updated2011-03-12
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.1 (relatively unpopular)
Sea shanties, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 12 March 2011

Tune of the Day: The Rio Grande

Traditional sea shanty

Sung mainly when heaving up anchor, “The Rio Grande” was one of the most popular sea shanties. It has been suggested that it refers to the famous river on the border between Texas and Mexico. It seems clear, however, that it was first sung in the Brazil trade and was inspired by the port and province of Rio Grande do Sul. Usually known succinctly as “Rio Grande”, the southern Brazilian province and its chief port, of the same name, carried on a busy trade with the United States and Britain.