Australian bush ballad, Click Go the Shears is a well-known 19th century piece which borrows its tune from the American civil war song ‘Ring the Bell, Watchman’ by Henry Clay Work. The Australian version sings of shearers and sheep, documenting the intense work of those working in shearing sheds, including ‘ringers’ and ‘tar boys.’ A lively tune in 4/4, this arrangement by Dindy Vaughan for junior players is in the key of D major, with three treble parts (Parts A, B & C) for upper strings or woodwinds, one optional beginner part for treble or bass instruments (opt. Part D), plus a bass part for lower strings, woodwind, or keyboard (Part E). The tune is carried by Part A, with the accompanying parts providing an exciting forward momentum!
Number of Pages: 20
Number of Parts: 4 (minimum) with 1 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) – Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet in B♭, Bass Clarinet in B♭
Part E – Cello, Keyboard, Bass Clarinet in B♭
How to use: This work for junior players is suitable for a quartet or quintet, large chamber group or small orchestra using any combination of any number of the instruments listed above. Click Go the Shears is in four parts with an optional fifth part; 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) andFlute(s); Part B Violin(s) andClarinet(s) in B♭; Part C Viola(s), Violin(s) andClarinet(s) in B♭; opt. Part D beginner Cello(s) andViola(s); 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 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.