Surface tension : for solo guitar
by Richard Charlton (1999, this version: 1998)
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Surface Tension was written for Timothy Kain and premiered by him in March 1999. The title alludes to liquids and the unstable tension of their surface-film. The music begins with an underlying tension, this builds up and then breaks-out in the second half of the piece. Formally the work is in three sections; an opening 'toccata', then a sort of pent-up 'moto perpetuo' that leads to a free 'passacaglia' over a ground bass. The 'ground' is actually the opening passage of the toccata!
— Richard Charlton, June 1999
Year: 1999, this version: 1998
Duration: 5 min.
Contents note: In 3 sections.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Tim Kain
Commission note: Commissioned by Tim Kain.
First performance: by Tim Kain — 12 Mar 99. Brunswick Festival, Melbourne
Performances of this work
12 Mar 99: Brunswick Festival, Melbourne. Featuring Tim Kain.
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