by Matthew Hindson

Didjeridu and string quartet
Mixed Chamber Ensemble, Solo Instrument with Ensemble
Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Music Festival for the Fyra Quartet and William Barton
First Performance
25.6.05, Australian Festival of Chamber Music Outback Tour, Lawn Hill National Park, Queensland, Australia: William Barton (didjeridu)/Fyra Quartet

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Programme Notes
Matthew Hindson Didjeribluegrass As the title suggests, Didjeribluegrass incorporates some aspects of bluegrass music, in particular the fast “fiddling” style of string playing that includes many open strings. Bluegrass music is especially associated with regional areas, and this a seemed good match with the first performances of this piece that took place in towns in western Queensland. The didjeridu sometimes works with this soundworld, but at other times either co-exists or seems to work against the string parts, taking over through improvisation and assume a more prominent role. Didjeribluegrass was commissioned by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music with the financial assistance of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body. The duration of Didjeribluegrass is approximately 7 minutes. Matthew Hindson

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