3 Australian Folk Songs


3 Traditional Australian folk-songs arranged for chamber ensemble or full orchestra by Roman Benedict

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This medley of three popular traditional Australian songs is here presented in two lively and colourful arrangements: small chamber ensemble and full orchestra. The chamber version was commissioned and first performed by the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Ensemble as an encore on their 2018 tour to China, with the full orchestral setting completed . This arrangement, in either orchestration, works well as an encore or as part of a concert programme (duration: approx. 5′), and is a collection of three popular Australian folk songs: Botany Bay, Click Go The Shears & Waltzing Matilda. These were selected to cover three eras of Australian colonial history:  a song from Australia’s convict past, one from the development of the pastoral nation, and finishing with the stories of the bush-ranger history. Drawing on musical styles as diverse as folk song, Aaron Copland, and European ballroom dance music it is a fun and entertaining addition to any concert programme.

Audio of full orchestral version


Chamber ensemble: 1+P.1.1.1 / / 1P /

Full Orchestra: / / T.1P / strings (printed set comes with 8 vln1 parts, 7 vln2 parts, 6 vla parts, 5 vlc parts, 4 db parts)

Additional information

Weight 200 g
Dimensions 31 × 27 × 3 cm



Full Score, Set of parts and 2 scores


Chamber Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra


5 minutes