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Kingfisher dances : a suite for Tyalgum / Richard Charlton.
by Richard Charlton (2001)
I have always been an admirer of the Kingfisher family; these little birds seem to have a real zest for life and I have tried to imbue the music with this same vitality, passion and sense of fun! The suite opens with the call of the 'Sacred Kingfisher' - a loud, clear, four note "kik, kik, kik, kik" which gives rise to much 'musical' swooping and darting to and fro! The second movement gives a resonance of misty mornings and clouds caught by the Caldera. The mountain is called 'Wollumbin', or Cloud Catcher by the aborigines. A slightly ungainly 'ballet' follows, as frogs appear in the third movement. They scramble to greet the morning sun (much activity)! In the finale birds re-appear, agitated at first, but then flying high over the valley!
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (10p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student.
Duration: 12 mins
1. The kingfisher -- 2. Cloud catcher -- 3. Frog ballet -- 4. Tyalgum.
Dedicated to Karin Schaupp
First performance by Karin Schaupp — 9 Sep 01. 2001 Tyalgum Festival, northern NSW
Includes programme note.
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