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Song of the Fifth Star

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Song of the Fifth Star : for guitar ensemble with optional soprano vocals / Richard Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (2020)

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  • Instrumentation: Guitar ensemble (3 Guitars, bass guitar), optional solo soprano.


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This piece is about the smallest star in the Southern Cross, which until last year had the no-nonsense title of Epsilon Crucis - literally the fifth-brightest star of the Cross.
No longer. The International Astronomical Union has announced it will be given a new, additional common name: 'Ginan', the name it has been called for thousands of years by the Wardaman people of the Northern Territory.
'Ginan' is about 228 light years from Earth. It "represents a red dilly-bag filled with special songs of knowledge", Monash University astronomer Duane Hamacher writes. The star is one of four the astronomical union will now recognise by their Aboriginal names, as part of a wider project to give the stars in our sky proper titles. Epsilon Scorpii, located in the constellation Scorpius, has been renamed Larawag; in the Phoenicis constellation there is now a Wurren; and in Canis Majoris (the Great Dog) a star has been named Unurgunite.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (7p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Composed for school ensemble - would suit amateur guitarists

Duration: 6 min.

Dedicated to Ascham School Guitar Orchestra

Includes guitar parts only.

Typeset edition.

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