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art of the didgeridoo


The art of the didgeridoo : music for didgeridoo and orchestra / by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Sean O'Boyle, William Barton, Matthew Hindson.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Dawn mantras (1999) — multiple choirs with ensemble Ross Edwards Sydney Children's Choir, Cantillation (Musical ensemble), Jane Sheldon, Matthew Doyle, Jim Franklin, Rixon Thomas, Ian Cleworth, Brian Nixon 7 mins, 20 sec.
Kalkadungu (2007) for soloist (voice, electric guitar, didjeridu) and orchestra — IV. Warrior Spirit II ; and V. Spirit of Kalkadungu Matthew Hindson and William Barton Sydney Symphony Orchestra, William Barton, Richard Gill 11 mins, 37 sec.
Earth cry (1986) for full orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Ferry Road Studio, ABC, Brisbane, on Sep 03.
Peter Sculthorpe Queensland Symphony Orchestra, William Barton, Michael Christie 11 mins, 15 sec.
Songs of sea and sky (2003) for strings and optional didjeridu — V. Dance Song, and V. Lament
Recorded/performed at: Ferry Road Studio, ABC, Brisbane
Peter Sculthorpe Queensland Symphony Orchestra, William Barton, Michael Christie 6 mins, 2 sec.

Also includes: Didjeridu solo No. 2 / William Barton -- Concerto for Didjeridu / Sean O'Boyle and William Barton -- Dreamtime duet / William Barton and Delmae Barton -- 7/8 not too late / William Barton.

Product details

The didgeridoo is recognised around the world as an iconic part of the traditional music of Indigenous Australia, its rich, full tones seeming to evoke the breadth of the land itself. This album is a celebration of that ancient voice, and the music it has inspired from Australia's great composers.

The Art of the Didgeridoo features performances by legendary player William Barton, including recordings which trace his relationship with one of Australia's greatest composers, Peter Sculthorpe. Barton's collaborations with Matthew Hindson, Sean O'Boyle and his mother Delmae Barton showcase the vastly different sounds of the didgeridoo, and Barton's own innovative music runs throughout the album. Matthew Doyle's performance of Dawn Mantras by Ross Edwards closes the album - a work which was written to herald the new millennium in a performance from the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This moment was viewed throughout the world, and music that has lost none of its resonance over a decade later.

Duration: 76 min.

Liner notes include brief program notes.

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