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Bara the wind

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Bara the wind : a sonatina for flute & guitar [eScore] / R. Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (1991)


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This piece is based on the legend described below but does not use any Aboriginal songs. The music is my own and I have just used the story as a starting point for my imagination. -- Richard Charlton

The aborigines of Groote Eylandt believed that, during the "dry season", the north-westerly wind was imprisoned in a large hollow tree at Maijunga, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. When the wet season is approaching, the aborigines assemble around the tree and by making deep cuts in the bark with their stone axes, they release "Bara" wind. At the same time they chant a song, telling the wind to go into the sky and form "cumulus", (wet season) clouds.....

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (7p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Flute grade 5, guitar grade 6.

Duration: 7 mins

First performance 1992. Performed by Charlton/Hentchel duo, at Ascham School, Sydney

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2007.

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