Celebrate the joy of spring in the mallee with exuberant SATB choir with woodwind solo birdsong
SATB choir, piano, clarinet in A or soprano saxophone
Text: Flexmore Hudson
Mallee in October is a jaunty song of joy in life with the woodwind instrument as birdsong, loosely based on recordings of birds found in the mallee of South Australia and Victoria. The text by Flexmore Hudson celebrates spring in the mallee, October in the southern hemisphere. It exudes a childlike wonder in discovering tadpoles, morning dew, birds learning to fly, tottery lambs and precarious birds’ nests.
Written in 1993, this 3-minute work is a joyful Australian piece for SATB choir. A good accompanist and woodwind player are required. It was commissioned by Russell Larkin for the Adelaide Chorus.
Listen to a sample of Mallee in October by Adelaide Chorus
Listen to podcast about composing ‘The Mallee Sings’ with Becky Llewellyn and Andrew Ford on The Music Show ABC RN
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Where to buy
The score Mallee in October is normally available at the Australian Music Centre but it is closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. You can read more about Mallee in October at:
You can purchase Mallee in October directly from Becky by emailing her: