Dances for the rainbow serpent : guitar quartet no. 5
by Richard Charlton (1991)
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This work was commissioned for Timothy Kain's unique ensemble 'Guitar Trek' in 1991 and was premiered by them at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. This ensemble uses the idea of a guitar "family" with instruments of different sizes and ranges. The Treble or Requinto is tuned a 4th higher than a standard guitar ie A'DGcea; the Baritone is tuned a 5th lower ie A"D"G'CEA.
The piece is based on a five-note arch motive which appears in each of its five movements and is a synthesis of stories from the Aboriginal Dreamtime legends of the Rainbow Serpent. The work moves from the creation myths though to a depiction of a rainstorm at the end.
Instrumentation: 4 guitars.
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary
Dedication note: Dedicated to Tim Kain
Commission note: Commissioned by Guitar Trek.
First performance: by Guitar Trek — 1992. Adelaide Festival
- Influenced by: Indigenous Australian Culture
Performances of this work
1992: Adelaide Festival. Featuring Guitar Trek.
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