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Waltzing Matilda : for 6-part a cappella mixed voices

by Ruth McCall (2007)

Waltzing Matilda

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Waltzing Matilda / arrangement by Ruth McCall ; original words by Banjo Paterson.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/MCC 4 [Available for loan]

Waltzing Matilda

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Score

Waltzing Matilda : for male voice choir / Ruth McCall ; words by Banjo Paterson.

Version: This product features the Unaccompanied Male Choir version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.85542/MCC 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is a rewriting of the classic Australian folksong with words by Banjo Paterson. It incorporates the well-known tune, the 'Queensland tune', a modern new tune, and an ongoing chant on Bb of Aboriginal botanical words. The words of the chant relate to trees and plants which would be found around the central focus of this song; the billabong. All of these tunes and chants weave together in a lively, rhythmic piece.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: SSATBarB voices, clapsticks (optional), didjeridu on Bb or whirly-whirlies (optional).

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Suitable for confident choirs who can sing in 6-parts

Written for: Song Company

First performance: by Song Company — 2007. Australiana concert series

This piece can be performed with a Bb didjeridu. The dideridu starts with a solo, then plays through until the end of Bar 32. It starts again half-way through bar 76 (where a short solo is optional), and plays through with increasing vigour until the end. Clapsticks can also be added where marked in the score.

The SSAA choir with accompaniment version starts with didjeridu, then 4 choirs sing the song at different levels of difficulty. There is a line for junior singers, one general line for singers, and two for SSAA choirs, where one version is easier than the other. The taiko players provide effects with leaves and shakers, and come in at the end for a big finish. Clapsticks can be played by any singer.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Earthy modern folksong arrangement. Aboriginal chant.

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Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda, arranged by Ruth McCall

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Performances of this work

14 Oct 2017: at The Song Company - The Arrow of Song (Orange Regional Conservatorium). Featuring Song Company.

2 Apr 2017: at Songs of Australia by the Star Chorale (James Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies' College). Featuring Star Chorale.

19 May 15: Sydney Opera House

2007: Australiana concert series. Featuring Song Company.

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