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Two Elaborations on a Melody for Guitar Quartet

Date: 1992 revised 2020

Duration: 7:39 minutes


The Two Elaborations were 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 1982, 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 also been arranged for harp and string orchestra.

Elaboration 1:  (Song of Loss)

00:00 / 03:07

Elaboration 2: (Song of Renewal)

00:00 / 04:32
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