Mularra lament : for solo guitar
by Paul Stanhope (1999)
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Library shelf no. CD 708 [Available for loan]
Mularra Lament uses a fragment of an indigenous songline as a way of exploring ideas of reconciliation. It craves atonement and expresses sorrow for past wrongs. Mularra also examines a theme central to indigenous culture, that in death, the full richness of artistic life is celebrated, hence there are sections of dance-like exhilaration as well as mourning. The piece is in three main sections: an opening statement of the songline, a ritual celebratory dance and a third solemn and sparse lament.
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — High level student or professional
Commission note: Commissioned by Darwin International Guitar Festival.
First performance: by Raffaele Agostino — 6 Jul 99. Darwin Guitar Festival
Performances of this work
20 Jun 2009: at Grainger Wind Symphony (Melba Hall).
6 Jul 99: Darwin Guitar Festival. Featuring Raffaele Agostino.
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