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Bara the wind : flute and guitar duo

by Richard Charlton (1991)

Work Overview

This piece is based on the legend described below but does not use any Aboriginal songs. The music is my own and I have just used the story as a starting point for my imagination. -- Richard Charlton

The aborigines of Groote Eylandt believed that, during the "dry season", the north-westerly wind was imprisoned in a large hollow tree at Maijunga, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. When the wet season is approaching, the aborigines assemble around the tree and by making deep cuts in the bark with their stone axes, they release "Bara" wind. At the same time they chant a song, telling the wind to go into the sky and form "cumulus", (wet season) clouds.....

Work Details

Year: 1991

Instrumentation: Flute, guitar.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Flute grade 5, guitar grade 6.

First performance: 1992. Performed by Charlton/Hentchel duo, at Ascham School, Sydney


Performances of this work

1992: Performed by Charlton/Hentchel duo, at Ascham School, Sydney

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