Waltzing Matilda

SSATBarB

$3.00

New version by Ruth McCall
Words by Banjo Patterson.

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Description

A challenging song for SSATBarB, this popular piece combines old and new elements. Combining the traditional tune, the ‘Queensland tune’, a new tune, and a chant on one note using aboriginal botanical names. The chants words relate to trees, or groups of trees which form the circle around which the action in this song takes place – the billabong. The sheep is drawn to the water, the squatter is drawn to the sheep, the troopers are drawn to the thief, and the ghost lingers there forevermore.
This song is also available as SATB, TTBarB, SATB and SSAA versions. It can be performed with clap-sticks or even a didgeridoo – if you can find one in Bb!
(A note on the use of language: The plant-words used in the chant were specifically selected because they are also used to describe many public places, buildings and institutions across Australia and as such, are in the public domain.)

Waltzing Matilda

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