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Song of the Fifth Star : for guitar ensemble with optional soprano vocals

by Richard Charlton (2020)

Work Overview

This piece is about the smallest star in the Southern Cross, which until last year had the no-nonsense title of Epsilon Crucis - literally the fifth-brightest star of the Cross.
No longer. The International Astronomical Union has announced it will be given a new, additional common name: 'Ginan', the name it has been called for thousands of years by the Wardaman people of the Northern Territory.
'Ginan' is about 228 light years from Earth. It "represents a red dilly-bag filled with special songs of knowledge", Monash University astronomer Duane Hamacher writes. The star is one of four the astronomical union will now recognise by their Aboriginal names, as part of a wider project to give the stars in our sky proper titles. Epsilon Scorpii, located in the constellation Scorpius, has been renamed Larawag; in the Phoenicis constellation there is now a Wurren; and in Canis Majoris (the Great Dog) a star has been named Unurgunite.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Guitar ensemble (3 Guitars, bass guitar), optional solo soprano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Composed for school ensemble - would suit amateur guitarists

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ascham School Guitar Orchestra

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