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Sheet Music: Score

Birinyi / music and lyrics by Luke Byrne ; Yidinji text and song by Gudju Gudju.

by Luke Byrne (2017)


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Birinyi is based on a Yidinji song and story as told by Gudju Gudju Fourmile of the Gimuy Walibara Yidinji, the traditional owners of Gimuy (Cairns) to myself, Lyn Williams and the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir choristers. Yidinji is one of the Aboriginal nations in Far North Queensland.

The character of Birinyi grew from my fascination with stingrays, especially large ones like the manta. Rays are elegant and beautiful creatures that are nowadays misunderstood, but historically had mythological significance in a range of cultures. The Yidinji "stingray" song combined with an image of devil rays swarming underwater gave me all the inspiration I could ask for.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Virtuosic piano part

Duration: 4 min.

First performance by ACO Collective, Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir — Sep 17. Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Includes full text in English and Yidinji.

Yidinji text and song by Gudju Gudju.

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ISMN: 979-0-720241-95-1

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