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Shenandoah has a wonderfully rich and varied texture, beginning TTBB, changing to SATB and then to SSATB, while the melody moves from voice to voice. The original tune, ‘Shenandoah’, is an American folksong about Iraqois Chief Shenandoah from Virginia, the state whose major river is named after him. The song is not a spiritual, and in fact became known as a 'sea shanty'. Moerane found the source for his arrangement in Sailor Shanties by Richard Runciman Terry, published by Curwen in the 1920s or 1930s, and he probably made this arrangement in the late 1930s.