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Gifts of the rain gods : for guitar trio with rainstick & percussion

by Richard Charlton (2000)

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From the CD One hour to madness and joy

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One hour to madness and joy / Sydney Guitar Trio.

Library shelf no. CD 830 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Part of my inspiration in writing music is a strong belief in stories and legends and I have often taken Aboriginal myths as a starting point for works. Among their many Dreamtime ancestors were Irria, Inungamella and Ilpailurkna who were potent rainmakers; beings whose magical gifts could make the barren deserts bloom with wildflowers!

These legends, together with the actual sound of raindrops, are what this piece is about. I have tried to explore the sound of rain falling on various surfaces and its 'randomness'. Although the work opens with the very un-Australian sounds of the "Rainstick", this somehow captured the whole ambience that I was after. It is a revealing, a flowering if you like.

- Richard Charlton 11 June 2001

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: 3 guitars (performers also required to play percussion).

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Written for: Sydney Guitar Trio

Commission note: Commissioned by Raffaele Agostino.

First performance: by Sydney Guitar Trio — 2001. La Scala de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Performances of this work

2001: La Scala de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Featuring Sydney Guitar Trio.

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