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Sheet Music: Score

Shorelines : for guitar & string quartet / Richard Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (2018)

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  • Instrumentation: Guitar, 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet from the CD Imaginations


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"Shorelines" is a reaction to three paintings by QLD artist Sue Needham called Stormy Seashores. These paintings show us that 'border' between water and land; water and sky - in scenes that evoke all the nuances, moods and emotions that we experience at shorelines. The wonder of the far, dark horizon, that solitary walk by the sea and the excitement and power of the impending storm. These were the feelings I wanted to try and capture in the work. The titles of the three movements are a clue to these and the interval of a rising second features in each; helping to shape the main melodies. The overall harmony is tonal and somewhat modal, but together with more contemporary rhythmic ideas.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (24p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 15 min.

Contents note:

I. Dark Horizon (4 min., 40 sec.) -- II. The Lonely Shore (5 min., 15 sec.) -- III. Storm Dance (4 min., 5 sec.).

Commission info: Commissioned as part for the "Imaginations" tour & album

First performance by Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet — 18 Aug 18. Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum, Canberra

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Tonal with modal melodies - some contemporary rhythmic elements. Guitar should have some form of discrete amplification but an unassisted performance may be possible given the right acoustic.

View the artworks here: https://mattwithers.com.au/compositioncompetition/

This work was supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Many thanks to Christine Goode, Bill McIntyre and Libby Hewson, Joel Roast and Jane Darcey for their support.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790720211138

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Parts: Shorelines : for guitar & string quartet / Richard Charlton.

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