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Kalkadungu : for soloist (voice, electric guitar, didjeridu) and orchestra

by William Barton and Matthew Hindson (2007)

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Performance by William Barton, Sydney Symphony, Richard Gill from the CD Kalkadungu

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Kalkadungu : music for didjeridu and orchestra / William Barton.

Library shelf no. CD 2462 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat (also doubling E flat), bass clarinet (also doubling B flat), bassoon, contrabasoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), solo voice/electric guitar/didjeridu, strings.

Duration: 24 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Contents note: I. Warrior spirit I -- II. Songman entrance -- III. Bleached bones -- IV. Warrior spirit II -- V. Spirit of Kalkadunga.

Dedication note: Written for Sydney Symphony

Commission note: Commissioned by Roger Allen, Maggie Gray.

First performance: by William Barton, Sydney Symphony, Richard Gill — 2 Apr 08. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

William Barton is a member of the Kalkadunga tribe...the song was written when William was in the Kalkadunga country and was inspired by his culture and the landscape.


Program note: Matthew Hindson's "Kalkadungu"
by Matthew Hindson
Source: the score of this work

Article: Breaths of fresh air
by Murray Black — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 4 April 2008 pg.14

Article: A breath of fresh air for the classical tradition
by Harriet Cunningham — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 2 April 2008 pg 14

Resonate article: Kalkadungu - William Barton wins 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album by Australian Music Centre

Book: 2012 Education Program, Meet the Music 1 and 2 resource kit / Sydney Symphony

Book: 2008 Australian composition resource kit.


Barton & Hindson - Kalkadungu

Recorded on Thursday 28 June at the Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall. Conducted by Sydney Symphony's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director designate, David Robertson. To view the full performance courtesy of BigPond and ABC Classic FM, visit: http://bigpondvideo.com/classical/463978



Performances of this work

28 Jun 2012: at Sydney Symphony: Kalkadungu (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring William Barton, David Robertson, Sydney Symphony.

27 Jun 2012: at Sydney Symphony: Kalkadungu (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony, David Robertson, William Barton.

27 May 12: Melbourne Town Hall - National Reconciliation Concert. Featuring William Barton, Fabian Russell, Monash Academy.

25 Mar 12: Melbourne Town Hall

18 Feb 12: Sidney Meyer Music Bowl, Melbourne. Featuring Benjamin Northey, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, William Barton.

2 Apr 08: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Featuring Richard Gill, Sydney Symphony, William Barton.

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