Song of the Fifth Star : for guitar ensemble with optional soprano vocals
by Richard Charlton (2020)
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Library shelf no. 785.78719/CHA 14 [Available for loan]
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
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.
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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