Kingfisher dances : guitar solo
by Richard Charlton (2001)
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I have always been an admirer of the Kingfisher family; these little birds seem to have a real zest for life and I have tried to imbue the music with this same vitality, passion and sense of fun! The suite opens with the call of the 'Sacred Kingfisher' - a loud, clear, four note "kik, kik, kik, kik" which gives rise to much 'musical' swooping and darting to and fro! The second movement gives a resonance of misty mornings and clouds caught by the Caldera. The mountain is called 'Wollumbin', or Cloud Catcher by the aborigines. A slightly ungainly 'ballet' follows, as frogs appear in the third movement. They scramble to greet the morning sun (much activity)! In the finale birds re-appear, agitated at first, but then flying high over the valley!
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student.
Contents note: 1. The kingfisher -- 2. Cloud catcher -- 3. Frog ballet -- 4. Tyalgum.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Karin Schaupp
Commission note: Commissioned for Karin Schaupp.. Commissioned by the 2001 Tyalgum Festival for Karin Schaupp
First performance: by Karin Schaupp — 9 Sep 01. 2001 Tyalgum Festival, northern NSW
Performances of this work
9 Sep 01: 2001 Tyalgum Festival, northern NSW. Featuring Karin Schaupp.
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