Project Description

On a Distant Shore is an anthology of 45 choral arrangements covering 20 Australian Folk Song titles. The anthology, in two parts, was commissioned in 2022 by the Queensland Kodály Choir as an Australian choral music legacy project.

The complete project includes:

  • the two-part anthology – 45 choral arrangements with performance notes and a glossary of terms;
  • individual booklets for each arrangement – vocal score, instrument parts, performance notes and glossary of terms; and
  • rehearsal tracks for each arrangement – audio recordings for each dynamic part in the score, reducing the volume of the staves that are not the selected part, so that the selected part is louder than the others.

Included Titles and Arrangements

PART 1

Andy’s Gone with Cattle
SSAA a cappella
SSA with piano
2-Part with piano

The Banks of the Condamine
SATB with piano & tin whistle

The Black Velvet Band
SATB with piano & tin whistle
TBB with piano & tin whistle

Cabbage Tree Hat
SAB with piano & flute
SSA/3-Part with piano & flute
2-Part with piano & flute

The “Catalpa”
SATB with piano
TBB with piano, in d minor
TBB with piano, in e minor

Cross of the South
SATB with piano
2-Part with piano

The Dying Stockman
SATB a cappella

The Eumerella Shore
SATB with piano & flute
SSA with piano & flute
2-Part with piano & flute

Jamie Raeburn’s Farewell
SATB with piano

Jim Jones at Botany Bay
SATB with piano

Lazy Harry’s
SATB with piano
TTBB with piano

The Little Rosewood Casket
SSA a cappella

PART 2

Moreton Bay
SATB with piano
SSA with piano
TBB with Piano

My Name is Ben Hall
SAB, a cappella

My Son Ted
SATB with piano

On the Banks of the Reedy Lagoon
SATB with piano & harmonica
SSA/3-Part with piano & harmonica
2-Part with piano & harmonica

The Queensland Drover
SATB with piano & violin
SSA/3-Part with piano & violin
SA/2-Part with piano & violin – in C major
SA/2-Part with piano & violin – in D major

Shores of Botany Bay
SATB with piano & flute
SSA with piano & flute – in d minor
SSA with piano & flute – in e minor
TBB with piano & flute – in d minor
TBB with piano & flute – in e minor
2-Part with piano & flute

The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing
SSAA with piano
2-Part with piano

With My Swag All on My Shoulder
SAB with piano & violin
2-Part with piano & violin

Accessing On a Distant Shore resources

The Queensland Kodály Choir has generously determined that all of these resources should be made freely available to anyone who would like to make use of them. To facilitate this, whilst each of the arrangements is copyright, the full set of project resources (as listed above) has been licensed under Creative Commons International Licence, meaning that they can be freely shared, copied and/or redistributed under certain terms, as listed below.

Conductors/choirs wishing to make use of the project resources will soon (early 2023) be able to download them from the websites of Kodály Australia and Cuskelly College of Music.

Sample Arrangements

In the meantime, just to whet your appetite, a few selected titles from On a Distant Shore can be viewed by clicking on the links in the right-hand sidebar.

I hope you enjoy perusing these arrangements and remember to check back regularly for updates on the release details for the full collection of resources.


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Featured Images: “Diggers on way to Bendigo” and “The Overlanders” by S. T. Gill, Courtesy State Library Victoria. “Gold Miner” by J. Anderson, Courtesy State Library New South Wales.