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Dances for the rainbow serpent

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Dances for the rainbow serpent : for guitar quartet / Richard Charlton

by Richard Charlton (1991)

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  • Instrumentation: 4 guitars.


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This work was commissioned for Timothy Kain's unique ensemble 'Guitar Trek' in 1991 and was premiered by them at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. This ensemble uses the idea of a guitar "family" with instruments of different sizes and ranges. The Treble or Requinto is tuned a 4th higher than a standard guitar ie A'DGcea; the Baritone is tuned a 5th lower ie A"D"G'CEA.

The piece is based on a five-note arch motive which appears in each of its five movements and is a synthesis of stories from the Aboriginal Dreamtime legends of the Rainbow Serpent. The work moves from the creation myths though to a depiction of a rainstorm at the end.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (21p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary

Duration: 10 mins, 30 sec.

Dedicated to Tim Kain

Commissioned by Guitar Trek.

First performance by Guitar Trek — 1992. Adelaide Festival

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Oct 09.

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