Take a musical journey to the land down under with Fantasia from Down Under by Mark Barnard. This medley of Australian folk songs, including “Wyndham Drovers,” “Wallaby Stew,” “Bound for South Australia,” and “Waltzing Matilda,” will have your audience tapping their toes and swaying to the rhythm. With its quick-moving arrangement and featuring lyrical sections, this piece showcases all sections of the string orchestra. As students encounter a variety of meters and key signatures, they’ll be challenged to perform an assortment of orchestral bowings. And with all string sections voiced entirely in the lower position, this piece is perfect for intermediate string orchestras looking to expand their repertoire. Bring the spirit of Australia to your next concert with Fantasia from Down Under!
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