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Waltzing Matilda : for 6-part a cappella mixed voices

by Ruth McCall (2007)

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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]

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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: The Song Company

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

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

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.


Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda, arranged by Ruth McCall
Waltzing Matilda


Performances of this work

17 Aug 2019: at You, Me and the Wide Open Sky (Christ Church Cathedral (Newcastle NSW)). Featuring Newcastle University Choir, Christopher Allan.

2 Jun 2018: at Concordis: Celebrating 20 Years of Music (Ian Roach Hall, Scotch College). Featuring Concordis Chamber Choir.

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

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