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North country sketches : for solo guitar

by Christopher Sainsbury (2002)

North country sketches


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North country sketches : for solo guitar / Christopher Sainsbury.

Library shelf no. 787.87/SAI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work is in a listenable contemporary style. It is series of etudes on Australian 'Top End country' topics: the Dry season, the Traditional Owner, Mango Tango - harkening to a Mindil Beach market in Darwin, Oenpelli - a bush community, and Gagudju (Kakadu). It uses bi-tones, and the preface notes show clearly how to play and read them. Used by Melbourne Conservatorium/University (3rd and 4th year) students for recitals. Also featured in AMEB higher grades listings for guitar. It oddly borrows a title from Delius (which I liked because his north country is so different to ours). The bi-tones are the best way I can 'catch' the Australian bush of the top end and feel of the top end: including their slightly out of tune nature, their timbral quality and even the manner of executing bi-tones.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Solo classical guitar. 

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Piece uses guitar bi-tones

Contents note: 1. Gagudju -- 2. Oenpelli -- 3. Dry -- 4. Mango Tango -- 5. The 'T-O' (the Traditional Owner).

First performance: by Ken Murray — 2002. Sydney Acoustic Guitar Festival, Eora Theatre

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences etc. associated with this work: Melbourne guitarist Roger Pell,  Landscape, Aboriginal culture, and a little of blues and tango.


Performances of this work

2002: Sydney Acoustic Guitar Festival, Eora Theatre. Featuring Ken Murray.

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