You'll Come Matilda (Endlessly Waltzing)

From Wind Repertory Project
Jess Langston Turner

Jess Langston Turner

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The song Waltzing Matilda has been called "the unofficial national anthem of Australia." Like most folksongs, the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda are based on actual events that took place during the Australian Sheepshearers Strike.

The song tells the story of a starving drifter who stole a sheep from his former master. When the owner of the sheep came to confront the drifter with three armed members of the Australian National Guard, rather than allow himself to be captured and hanged for the theft, the drifter jumped into the watering hole beside which he had camped. The weight of his knapsack caused him to drown, and it is rumored that his ghost still haunts the watering hole to this day.

In this setting of Waltzing Matilda, the composer has successfully attempted to communicate the actual story surrounding the song, rather than just a straightforward arrangement of a nice melody. Like the lyrics, the music takes a dark ominous turn near the middle of the piece, and at the end we are left with the voice of the drifter's ghost whispering to all those who pass by the location of his demise.

You’ll Come Matilda (Endlessly Waltzing) was commissioned by Aaron Burgess and the E.O. Smith High School Band of Storrs, Conn.

- Program Note from Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 April 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer