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Impressions from the Dreamtime : a suite for solo guitar

by Richard Charlton (1980, this version: 1988)

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Impressions from the Dreamtime : a suite for solo guitar / by R. Charlton.

Library shelf no. 787.84/CHA 5 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

A five movement suite for solo guitar based on various indigenous Dreamtime legends.

These pieces, as their title suggests are not programmatic, but impressions or feelings about various legends and myths from the "Dreamtime" of the Australian Aborigines. The musical language is my own and it was not my intention to mimic in any way, any aspect of their rich culture; rather I have simply used these stories as a starting point for my own fantasies.

Work Details

Year: 1980, this version: 1988

Instrumentation: Guitar.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB 8th grade or above.

Contents note: I. The legend of fire - II. Frog dreaming - III. Kondole and the corroboree - IV. The black swan - V. Finale: The dancers are changed into animals.

First performance: by Richard Charlton — 1986. Radio 2MBS-FM workshop concert

Original version 1980. Performed by Roland Chadwick 1985.


Program note: Richard Charlton's "Impressions from the Dreamtime"
program note by the composer


Performances of this work

21 Oct 2015: at Viva Richard Charlton (Elder Hall).

1990: Melbourne International Guitar Festival. Featuring Ken Burns.

1986: Radio 2MBS-FM workshop concert. Featuring Richard Charlton.

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