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“Old Man Platypus” (2002)
Unison with additional parts
Treble Voices (S.A.) and Piano
Lyrics taken from “The Animals Noah Forgot” written by “Banjo” Paterson
Rosalind Carlson had young voices in mind when she composed this song accompanied by the Piano. She envisaged Junior School Choirs singing this composition.
Then later in 2003 she wrote it for S.S.A. Acappella Choir.
This is a setting of the famous Australian poem "Old Man Platypus" from "The Animals Noah Forgot" written by the poet A. B. Paterson.
The composer, Rosalind Carlson, has successfully realised the descriptiveness of the lyrics in this song. The poem is really quaint as it describes the life of the Australian platypus in its natural environment. The full poem is published in this format, and as such is an excellent teaching tool for Primary School aged children.
For simplicity this song can be sung fully in Unison. The piano accompaniment is simple to play.
World Premiere Performance: Voices of Women's Music Festival in Melbourne on 16th August 2003, sung by the Carlson Chorale.
On 13th July 2012 the Music Teachers' Association of NSW held their Centenarary Celebration at Parliament House, Sydney.
At this event during the Centenerary Luncheon the Carlson Choralke performed a bracket od choral music including "Old Man Platypus" SSA conducted by Rosalind Carlson.
Other Live Performances:
30th November 2003 at St George Maronite Catholic Church in Thornleigh, NSW, Australia, by the Carlson Chorale in recital.
20th November 2005 at Mt St Benedict Convent Chapel, Pennant Hills, NSW, Australia, by the Carlson Chorale. For this performance Rosalind Carlson composed an additional instrumental part for Treble Recorder. This was performed by Stephanie Harrisson.
25th November 2007 at Mt St Benedict Convent Chapel, Pennant Hills, NSW, Australia, by the Carlson Chorale, accompanied by Piano and Treble Recorder Obbligato.
In 2003 Jan Hood, choral mistress and Hornsby Girls High School asked Rosalind is she would compose a S.S.A. a cappella setting of her Old Man Platypus song. This S.S.A. setting Rosalind completed that year and dedicated it to Jan Hood and the Hornsby Girls High School choristers. Subsequently the school choir entered the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and won first place in the Secondary Schools Choral Section singing Old Man Platypus.
Suitability: (1) Junior aged choirs - School and Community choirs. Excellent for competitions and Eisteddfods. (2) S.S.A. a cappella version is suitable for Secondary Level choirs and Youth choirs. Also excellent for Eisteddfods.