Sicilian Mariners’ Hymn

This week we bring you a carol I hadn’t hear before – the Sicilian Mariner’s Hymn. which, according to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison.

The tune was associated with the German Christmas carol “O du Frohliche, O du Selige.” and also appears to have had an influence on the African American song “We Shall Overcome.” (

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Katie Legere, bassoon & Chris Alfano, clarinet