Brisbane Ladies

Background: This Australian folk song is an adaptation of the traditional English naval song 'Spanish Ladies'. A Jackaroo called 'Saul Mendelsohn', (who later became a shopkeeper), is credited with writing the lyrics which date back to at least the 1870s.

This song is useful for practising:

  • 3/4 metre
  • The rhythmic element 'tum ti' (dotted crotchet, quaver / dotted quarter note, eighth note)
  • The melodic element 'low ti'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Brisbane Ladies Theme: Australian Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: B - C Age: Lower Secondary - Middle Secondary
Tones: m low s low l low finalis ti low d r m Rhythm: ; ;  
Melodic: m low l low s low l low finalis ; l low ti low d ; d ti low l low s low m low ; l low r ; d r m ; m r d ; d l low m low ; m low m ; m d
Prac: , ti low


Origin: Australian Folk Song
Source: Verses: Arr. M.McLatchey

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