Australian Autumn: for flexi ensemble (junior, mixed levels)

Indigenous Australians often divide the year into five or six major seasons, rather than four. What is autumn like in your part of the country?



Strings and woodwinds sheet music with an autumnal feel. Can you see and feel more than four seasons where you live? Can you hear the sound of your autumn in this song?

Reminiscent of 17th Century writing, this piece in D major combines a more difficult Part A (melody) for violin and/or woodwinds with simpler lower Parts B & C for upper strings and/or woodwinds, and an optional Part D for beginner cello. Part E for cello, keyboard and/or bass clarinet is an enjoyable bass line for a more confident junior player.

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Number of Pages: 15

Number of Parts: 4 (minimum) with 1 more optional part

Instrumentation: (your choice of instrument/s per part)

Part A – Violin, Flute, Clarinet in B♭

Part B – Violin, Viola, Flute, Clarinet in B♭

Part C – Violin, Viola, Clarinet in B♭

Part D – (optional) Cello

Part E – Cello, Keyboard, Bass Clarinet in B♭

How to use this for strings and woodwinds:

This work for strings and woodwinds for mixed ability players is suitable for a quartet, chamber group or small orchestra using any combination of any number of the instruments listed above.

Australian Autumn is in four parts with an optional fifth part (Part D); there are at a minimum two different ability level options for each possible instrument. All you need to do is assign parts to the players in your ensemble while ensuring you have a satisfactory balance and blend of instruments. Some examples of instrument combinations include:

  • Part A Violin(s) and Flute(s); Part B Violin(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part C Viola(s), Violin(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part E Cello(s).
  • Part A Flute(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part B Flute(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part C Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part D Beginner Cello; Part E Bass Clarinet(s) in B♭ and/or Keyboard(s)
  • Part A Violin; Part B Clarinet in B♭; Part C Violin; Part E Cello. String Quartet or Clarinet Quartet plus optional additional instruments.

But these are only some of the many options! The Flexible Ensemble Series gives you the opportunity to mix and match parts to suit the young musicians in your ensemble.

Additional information


<2 minutes

Base Instrumentation

Can be played by strings only, Can be played by strings plus other instruments, Can be played by winds only, Can be played by winds plus other instruments

Number of Parts

4 part, 5 part


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