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Surface tension : for solo guitar

by Richard Charlton (1999, this version: 1998)

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Performance by Belinda Webster, Tim Kain from the CD Mirrors of fire

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Mirrors of fire : Australian guitar originals / Timothy Kain, guitar.

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Surface tension


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Surface tension : for solo guitar / Richard Charlton.

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Work Overview

Surface Tension was written for Timothy Kain and premiered by him in March 1999. The title alludes to liquids and the unstable tension of their surface-film. The music begins with an underlying tension, this builds up and then breaks-out in the second half of the piece. Formally the work is in three sections; an opening 'toccata', then a sort of pent-up 'moto perpetuo' that leads to a free 'passacaglia' over a ground bass. The 'ground' is actually the opening passage of the toccata!

— Richard Charlton, June 1999

Work Details

Year: 1999, this version: 1998

Instrumentation: Guitar.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: In 3 sections.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tim Kain

Commission note: Commissioned by Tim Kain.

First performance: by Tim Kain — 12 Mar 99. Brunswick Festival, Melbourne

Performances of this work

8 Oct 2011: at Greenwood Classical Guitar Society concert (Greenwood Centre (UK)). Featuring John Couch.

12 Mar 99: Brunswick Festival, Melbourne. Featuring Tim Kain.

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