Waltzing Matilda (sa choir with chamber ensemble)
by Ruth McCall (2007, this version: 2015)
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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.
Year: 2007, this version: 2015
Instrumentation: SSAA choir, percussion, didgeridoo, and taiko drums.
Commission note: Commissioned by MLC School (Sydney).
This piece can be performed with a Bb didgeridoo. The didgeridoo 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 composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Earthy modern folksong arrangement. Aboriginal chant.
Performances of this work
2007: Australiana concert series. Featuring Song Company.
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