Croft Music

The Admiral Benbow


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This musical ideas in this piece derive from the opening chapters of "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. The opening section paints a musical picture of the Admiral Benbow Inn, where most of the opening action of the story takes place.

The inn is perched on the coast, a lonely, windy place where a traveller can seek shelter from the elements - and unwanted pursuers.

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The individual who is seeking shelter in this story is Billy Bones, a drunken, unkempt rascal who often drinks more than is good for him, and when he does, he breaks out into his old song (before Letter D) "Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest", in an increasingly raucous and drunken session in the Inn.

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That is followed at letter H by a depiction of (Blind) Pew, tapping his way around towards the delivery of the dreaded Black Spot (letter K).

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The next section, more reflective and sad, captures the mood of death at the Inn, as both Jim Hawkins's dad and Billy Bones come to their respective ends.

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Next up comes a much brighter, almost Caribbean theme as the treasure-seekers prepare to set sail for Treasure Island. The final short section echoes the opening material, interspersed with themes from the rest of the piece.

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