The Secrets of Butterfly Gorge : guitar solo
by Richard Charlton (2016)
Performance by Richard Charlton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.
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Butterfly Gorge is located about 200 km south of Darwin, along
the old Stuart Highway. Cool crevices in the rock face of this
beautiful gorge provide shelter for the Common Crow Butterflies
that often aggregate there in the winter months. The rock pools
are shaded by paperbarks up to 50 metres tall. This quiet gorge
is tucked away at the base of a low sandstone plateau. The sheer
rock faces edged by dense riverine vegetation and rocky spinifex.
Sometimes, in June or July, the gorge plays host to a secret
world where many thousands of butterflies hang on the leaves in
its sheltered vegetation. This is one of the most spectacular
seasonal sights in the Bush.
R. Charlton © July 2016
Instrumentation: Solo guitar.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — approx 6 to 7 Grade AMEB level
Dedication note: Dedicated to Bob Harrison to celebrate a working life of public service to humanity through science. On the occasion of his retirement
Commission note: Commissioned by Karin Brown
First performance: by Bob Harrison — 3 Dec 16. Sydney Classical Guitar Society - Christmas meeting
The composer notes:
All Harmonics in the piece are natural and are notated at pitch. Let everything ring over, and take a very free approach to the interpretation. On the last page there is a preliminary exercise (in 1st position) that will help the player learn the notes for the very high position of the main theme.
- Inspired by: Landscape and Nature
Performances of this work
3 Dec 16: Sydney Classical Guitar Society - Christmas meeting. Featuring Bob Harrison.
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