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Kingfisher dances : guitar solo

by Richard Charlton (2001)

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Performance by David Jacques from the CD D'un ciel a l'autre

D'un ciel a l'autre


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D'un ciel a l'autre / David Jacques.

Library shelf no. CD 1198 [Available for loan]

Kingfisher dances


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Kingfisher dances : a suite for Tyalgum / Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 787.87/CHA 12 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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!

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Guitar.

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

29 Oct 2015: at A Radiant Place (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Karin Schaupp.

16 Oct 2015: at Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes (Nickson Room). Featuring Karin Schaupp.

9 Sep 01: 2001 Tyalgum Festival, northern NSW. Featuring Karin Schaupp.

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