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Secrets of Butterfly Gorge

Sheet Music: Score

The Secrets of Butterfly Gorge : a guitar solo / by Richard Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo guitar.
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    Performance by Richard Charlton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.


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Butterfly Gorge is located about 200 km south of Darwin, along the old Stuart Highway. Cool crevices in the rock face of this beautiful gorge provide shelter for the Common Crow Butterflies that often aggregate there in the winter months. The rock pools are shaded by paperbarks up to 50 metres tall. This quiet gorge is tucked away at the base of a low sandstone plateau. The sheer rock faces edged by dense riverine vegetation and rocky spinifex. Sometimes, in June or July, the gorge plays host to a secret world where many thousands of butterflies hang on the leaves in its sheltered vegetation. This is one of the most spectacular seasonal sights in the Bush.

R. Charlton © July 2016

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — approx 6 to 7 Grade AMEB level

Duration: 5 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Bob Harrison to celebrate a working life of public service to humanity through science. On the occasion of his retirement
Commission info: Commissioned by Karin Brown

First performance by Bob Harrison — 3 Dec 16. Sydney Classical Guitar Society - Christmas meeting

Includes program note, and performance notes.

The composer notes:
All Harmonics in the piece are natural and are notated at pitch. Let everything ring over, and take a very free approach to the interpretation. On the last page there is a preliminary exercise (in 1st position) that will help the player learn the notes for the very high position of the main theme.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790900974433

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.


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