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Shorelines : for guitar & string quartet

by Richard Charlton (2018)

Audio Sample

Performance by Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet from the CD Imaginations

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Imaginations / Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet.

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Work Overview

"Shorelines" is a reaction to three paintings by QLD artist Sue Needham called Stormy Seashores. These paintings show us that 'border' between water and land; water and sky - in scenes that evoke all the nuances, moods and emotions that we experience at shorelines. The wonder of the far, dark horizon, that solitary walk by the sea and the excitement and power of the impending storm. These were the feelings I wanted to try and capture in the work. The titles of the three movements are a clue to these and the interval of a rising second features in each; helping to shape the main melodies. The overall harmony is tonal and somewhat modal, but together with more contemporary rhythmic ideas.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Guitar, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Dark Horizon (4 min., 40 sec.) -- II. The Lonely Shore (5 min., 15 sec.) -- III. Storm Dance (4 min., 5 sec.).

Commission note: Commissioned by Acacia Quartet, Matthew Withers.. Commissioned as part for the "Imaginations" tour & album

First performance: by Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet — 18 Aug 18. Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum, Canberra

View the artworks here: https://mattwithers.com.au/compositioncompetition/

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Tonal with modal melodies - some contemporary rhythmic elements. Guitar should have some form of discrete amplification but an unassisted performance may be possible given the right acoustic.

This work was supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Many thanks to Christine Goode, Bill McIntyre and Libby Hewson, Joel Roast and Jane Darcey for their support.

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Performances of this work

2 May 2019: at Riverina Con Lunchtime Concert Series: Guitar & Friends (Wagga Wagga Art Gallery). Featuring Lauren Davis, Harold Gretton, Michelle Higgs, Hannah Caterer, Rhiannon Xeros, David Chaston.

22 Sep 2018: at Imaginations: Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet (Melba Hall). Featuring Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet.

2 Sep 2018: at Imaginations: Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet.

25 Aug 2018: at Extended Play (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet.

18 Aug 18: Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum, Canberra. Featuring Matthew Withers, Acacia Quartet.

18 Aug 2018: at Imaginations: Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet (Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum Canberra). Featuring Acacia Quartet, Matthew Withers.

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