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Australian Fantasia

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David Stanhope

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General Info

Year: 2002 / 2004
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $199.95   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Sydney Harbor – 3:15
2. Road to Gundagai
3. Southern Cross
4. Advance Australia Fair


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

(percussion detail desired)

Chorus (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is in four movements, three of which contain famous Australian tunes, and is mostly straightforward melodies and harmonies. First movement, Sydney Harbour, begins with a fanfare before a fast-moving melody. Middle section includes Waltzing Matilda. The second movement, The Road to Gundagai, treats this famous Australian melody in a slow romantic style with an extended introduction, and includes a short fast section before a gentle coda.

The third movement, Southern Cross, is a heavy extended original fanfare with more dissonance. The main motif is a four-note theme representing the four points of the Southern Cross. The fourth movement is an arrangement of Advance Australia Fair, originally written for the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony. An optional chorus and contralto solo can be added to this popular "light classical" work.

- Program Note from publisher

In the year 2000 I wrote music for the Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and for the New Year's Eve fireworks display at Sydney Harbour. Later I rearranged and expanded the material to make the four-movement suite, Australian Fantasia.

Movement one, Sydney Harbour, includes Australia's best-known tune, Waltzing Matilda. The other references in Sydney Harbour will be understood by anybody who has tried to work with a two-year old child running about in the same house!

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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