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Waltzing Matilda

Composer: Banjo Paterson/Christina Macpherson

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2021

Price: €16.00


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  • Description +
    • Preface

      Originally composed in 1895 by Christina Macpherson (music) and Banjo Paterson (lyrics), Waltzing Matilda is arguably the most well known Australian folk tune. It is often referred to as the “unofficial national anthem” of Australia. 

      Due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, Marimbafest 2021 was only open to local Australians, both faculties and participants (with the very late additions of international faculties attending via online). Having been asked again to compose a set piece for the Open Division of the Marimbafest 2021 Marimba Competition, I took the opportunity to come up with an arrangement of a tune that all Australians would know of; Waltzing Matilda.

      Waltzing Matilda is commissioned by Marimbafest 2021, Perth for the Open Division of the Marimbafest 2021 Marimba Competition. 

      Robert Oetomo

      Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
      Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
      He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 

      Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
      He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 

      Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong,
      Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
      He sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 

      Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
      He sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,

      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 

      Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
      Up rode the troopers, one, two, three,
      With the jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.
 

      Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
      With the jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, you scoundrel with me.
 

      Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong,
      You'll never catch me alive, said he,
      And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me. 

      Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
      His ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
      You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.

      Lyrics by Banjo Paterson

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (5. Octave)

  • Watch+
    • Performed by Joey Eng

  • About the composer +
    • Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales, where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson's more notable poems include "Clancy of the Overflow" (1889), "The Man from Snowy River" (1890) and "Waltzing Matilda" (1895), regarded widely as Australia's unofficial national anthem.

      Christina Macpherson (19 June 1864 – 27 March 1936) played the zither/autoharp. Banjo Paterson heard her play her recollection of the Craigielee March she had heard at Warnambool. While Christina played, he wrote words. Christina and Banjo worked the score to become ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

  • Reviews +
    • Performed by Joey Eng

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Evi O. (www.evi-o.com)
      Photo: James Walker (www.skywalkerstudios.com.au)
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