Bassoon from Waltzing Matilda ORCHESTRA (4 Verses)

Suitable accompaniment to the traditional words

Composer
TRADITIONAL A.B.Patterson and Marie Cowan Arranged by Brendan Elliget MAGA 537
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Folk music

"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia’s most widely known folk song and one that has been popularly suggested as a potential national anthem.

The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker (swagman) making a drink of tea at a bush camp (Billy) and stealing a sheep (jumbuck) to eat. When the sheep’s owner (squatter) arrives with three police officers (troopers) to arrest the worker, he drowns himself in a small lake (Billabong) and goes on to haunt the site.

The tune is most probably based on the traditional Scottish song "Thou Bonnie Wood Of Craigielea". The original lyrics were written in 1895 by the poet and nationalist Banjo Paterson, and it was first published as sheet music in 1903.

This is a straight -forward and a useful arrangement for full orchestra and can be used as an accompaniment to the singing of the traditional words with an extra chorus and the key change. There are optional parts for Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, 3rd Clarinet and Bb Bass Clarinet (not shown on the score).

Grade = 3 Duration = 3 mins Key: Eb Major to F Major ( Last Chorus)

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