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Gifts of the rain gods

Sheet Music: Score

Gifts of the rain gods : for guitar trio with rainstick & percussion / by R. Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (2000)

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  • Instrumentation: 3 guitars (performers also required to play percussion).
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Part of my inspiration in writing music is a strong belief in stories and legends and I have often taken Aboriginal myths as a starting point for works. Among their many Dreamtime ancestors were Irria, Inungamella and Ilpailurkna who were potent rainmakers; beings whose magical gifts could make the barren deserts bloom with wildflowers!

These legends, together with the actual sound of raindrops, are what this piece is about. I have tried to explore the sound of rain falling on various surfaces and its 'randomness'. Although the work opens with the very un-Australian sounds of the "Rainstick", this somehow captured the whole ambience that I was after. It is a revealing, a flowering if you like.

- Richard Charlton 11 June 2001

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 7 mins

Commissioned by Raffaele Agostino.

First performance by Sydney Guitar Trio — 2001. La Scala de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Includes programme and performance notes.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67301-375-9

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CD: One hour to madness and joy / Sydney Guitar Trio.


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