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The Secrets of Butterfly Gorge : guitar solo

by Richard Charlton (2016)

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Performance by Richard Charlton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.

Library shelf no. CD 2792 [Available for loan]

Secrets of Butterfly Gorge


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

Library shelf no. 787.87/CHA 10 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Solo guitar.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — approx 6 to 7 Grade AMEB level

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 note: Commissioned by Karin Brown

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

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.


Performances of this work

3 Dec 16: Sydney Classical Guitar Society - Christmas meeting. Featuring Bob Harrison.

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