Suspended in a Sunbeam : (Thoughts on the "Pale Blue Dot" as photographed by Voyager 1)
by Richard Charlton (2019)
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Suspended in a Sunbeam : (Thoughts on the "Pale Blue Dot" as photographed by Voyager 1) / music and text by Richard Charlton, inspired by a speech given by Dr Carl Sagan in 1994.
Library shelf no. 787.87/CHA 38 [Available for loan]
To be mentioned in any verbal Introduction:-
Nearly 30 years ago, Voyager 1 looked back toward Earth and saw a 'pale blue dot,' an image that continues to inspire wonderment about this spot we call home.
The image of Earth contains scattered light that resembles a beam of sunlight, which is an artefact of the camera itself and makes the tiny Earth appear even more dramatic.
The spacecraft was more than 6 billion kilometres from home and after taking that photo headed on into Interstellar space.
Instrumentation: Guitar, with narration.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — some speaking while playing can be included
Dedication note: Dedicated to Karin Schaupp
Commission note: Commissioned by Karin Schaupp.
First performance: by Karin Schaupp — 30 Jun 19. Carlton Theatre, Carlyle Gardens, Townsville QLD
The piece can be played as a guitar solo but the original intention is for the performer to speak the words as written in the score. The text is by the composer but is greatly inspired by a Carl Sagan speech. There are two short literal quotes from his speech.
Performances of this work
19 Jun 21: "Southern Cross Dreaming" Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival QLD. Featuring Karin Schaupp.
22 Aug 20: Brisbane (Livestream from home of artist). Featuring Karin Schaupp.
30 Jun 19: Carlton Theatre, Carlyle Gardens, Townsville QLD. Featuring Karin Schaupp.
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