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Three distractions : guitar ensemble

by Richard Charlton (2001)

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Performance by Townsville Guitar Orchestra, Joanne McCluskey from the CD Contemporary Australian music

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FrEternity : music for guitar ensemble.

Library shelf no. CD 1430 [Available for loan]

Three distractions


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Three distractions : a three movement work for guitar orchestra / by Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 785.78719/CHA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Three Distractions was commissioned by Christopher Keane for the Cranbrook Guitar Ensemble in late 2001. The title grew out of my circumstances at the time, as I was composing a major work for the 2002 Darwin International Guitar Festival - my duo guitar & guitar orchestra concerto -"Rhapsody". I set aside that work to write these pieces! In a way it was a nice distraction, as they were great fun to compose.

The individual movements are entitled, Déjà vu, a piece with a melody slightly similar to an earlier work, Livewire; Daydreams, with a calm, warm, afternoon feel and Dangerous Curves, a quirky bi-tonal blues that gives you a sense of being "in a car, out-of-control, down a windy mountain road!"

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Requinto, 2nd & 3rd guitars, bass guitar. Also suitable for performance by guitar quartet.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium — School student.

Contents note: 1. Déjà vu! -- 2. Daydreams -- 3. Dangerous curves!.

Commission note: Commissioned by Christopher Keane.. For Christopher Keane & the Cranbrook Guitar Orchestra.

First performed by the Cranbrook Guitar Orchestra at concerts at Sydney Grammar School and the Western Australian Guitar Festival during 2002.

Performances of this work

27 Oct 19: Carlton Theatre - Carlyle Gardens, Townsville QLD. Featuring Townsville Guitar Orchestra.

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