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Suspended in a Sunbeam

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Suspended in a Sunbeam : (Thoughts on the "Pale Blue Dot" as photographed by Voyager 1) / music and text by Richard Charlton, inspired by a speech given by Dr Carl Sagan in 1994.

by Richard Charlton (2019)


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To be mentioned in any verbal Introduction:-

Nearly 30 years ago, Voyager 1 looked back toward Earth and saw a 'pale blue dot,' an image that continues to inspire wonderment about this spot we call home.

The image of Earth contains scattered light that resembles a beam of sunlight, which is an artefact of the camera itself and makes the tiny Earth appear even more dramatic.

The spacecraft was more than 6 billion kilometres from home and after taking that photo headed on into Interstellar space.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — some speaking while playing can be included

Duration: 6 mins, 30 sec.

Dedicated to Karin Schaupp

Commissioned by Karin Schaupp.

First performance by Karin Schaupp — 30 Jun 19. Carlton Theatre, Carlyle Gardens, Townsville QLD

The piece can be played as a guitar solo but the original intention is for the performer to speak the words as written in the score. The text is by the composer but is greatly inspired by a Carl Sagan speech. There are two short literal quotes from his speech.

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ISMN: 979-0-67311-267-4

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