Denis O'Reilly

This Australian folk song in combination with the historical notes and glossary give fascinating insight into the goldrush days and the beginning of Australia as a multicultural country!

This is a fantastic song for:

  • teaching the melodic element "fi" (sharpened fa).
  • preparing and practising the rhythmic element "tum-ti".
  • practising octave leaps (from low so to so).
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Kodály Analysis:

Denis O'Reilly Theme: Australian Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: G - A Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis r m f fi s l d high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s low d ; d ti low l low s low ; s low s ; l s f m ; m d m ; m r d ti low l low ; d r m fi s ; s l f ; f d high ; d high l s f m ; s f m r d l low ; d ti low d finalis
Prep: , fi
MC: fi
Prac: , fi


Origin: Australian Folk Song
Source: Eureka: The Songs That Made Australia; Omnibus Press

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