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Dances for the rainbow serpent : guitar quartet no. 5

by Richard Charlton (1991)

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From the CD Guitar trek II

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Guitar trek II

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Library shelf no. CD 176 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This work was commissioned for Timothy Kain's unique ensemble 'Guitar Trek' in 1991 and was premiered by them at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. This ensemble uses the idea of a guitar "family" with instruments of different sizes and ranges. The Treble or Requinto is tuned a 4th higher than a standard guitar ie A'DGcea; the Baritone is tuned a 5th lower ie A"D"G'CEA.

The piece is based on a five-note arch motive which appears in each of its five movements and is a synthesis of stories from the Aboriginal Dreamtime legends of the Rainbow Serpent. The work moves from the creation myths though to a depiction of a rainstorm at the end.

Work Details

Year: 1991

Instrumentation: 4 guitars.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tim Kain

Commission note: Commissioned by Guitar Trek.

First performance: by Guitar Trek — 1992. Adelaide Festival


Performances of this work

1992: Adelaide Festival. Featuring Guitar Trek.

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