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Birinyi : incorporating Yidinji song

by Luke Byrne (2017)



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Birinyi / music and lyrics by Luke Byrne ; Yidinji text and song by Gudju Gudju.

Library shelf no. 782.7542/BYR 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Birinyi is based on a Yidinji song and story as told by Gudju Gudju Fourmile of the Gimuy Walibara Yidinji, the traditional owners of Gimuy (Cairns) to myself, Lyn Williams and the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir choristers. Yidinji is one of the Aboriginal nations in Far North Queensland.

The character of Birinyi grew from my fascination with stingrays, especially large ones like the manta. Rays are elegant and beautiful creatures that are nowadays misunderstood, but historically had mythological significance in a range of cultures. The Yidinji "stingray" song combined with an image of devil rays swarming underwater gave me all the inspiration I could ask for.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Treble choir (two-part SA with optional S1-S2 divisi), piano. The work is also arranged with Optional string orchestra or string quintet.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Virtuosic piano part

Written for: Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir, ACO Collective

First performance: by ACO Collective, Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir — Sep 17. Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Yidinji text and song by Gudju Gudju.




Performances of this work

Sep 17: Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD. Featuring ACO Collective, Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir.

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