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Melody and Elaboration (Parts 1 & 2)
for Guitar Quartet

Date: 1992 revised 2020

Duration: 7:39 minutes


Melody and Elaboration was commissioned and first performed by the Canberra based ensemble Guitartrek featuring treble and baritone guitars. It consists of two parts: Song of Loss and Song of Renewal. The work is based on a song originally written for The One Extra Dance Theatre Company's production The Cheated in 1981, Performance Space, Sydney. In Part One (Song of Loss) the melody of the song is played by standard guitar 1 between bars 11 and 51. The recording provided here is the revised 2020 version using guitar samples. The work has been arranged for harps.

Part 1: Melody

(Song of Loss)

00:00 / 03:07

Part 2: Elaboration

(Song of Renewal)

00:00 / 04:32
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