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The arrow of time (guitar ensembles)

by Richard Charlton (1997)

arrow of time


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The arrow of time : for large guitar ensemble / by Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 785.78419/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

After re-reading Stephen Hawking’s classic “A Brief History of Time” I became quite interested in the nature of time, its direction and the way music moves through time. The fact that the Arrow of Time only points in one direction enables us and music to exist. A piece of music played, and heard (for the first time) is like time itself, always moving forward, so that we may remember notes that have been sounded but not those yet to come!

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Guitar ensemble.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by John Casey for Guitarstrophy, with financial assistance from the Australia Council


Program note: Richard Charlton's "The arrow of time"
program note by the composer

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