The Art of the Didgeridoo: Music for Didgeridoo and Orchestra
Blurb: The didgeridoo is recognised around the world as an iconic part of the traditional music of Indigenous Australia, its rich, full tones seeming to evoke the breadth of the land itself. This album is a celebration of that ancient voice, and the music it has inspired from Australia’s great composers.
Taken from ABC Music
The Art of the Didgeridoo features performances by legendary player William Barton, including recordings which trace his relationship with one of Australia’s greatest composers, Peter Sculthorpe. Barton’s collaborations with Matthew Hindson, Sean O’Boyle and his mother Delmae Barton showcase the vastly different sounds of the didgeridoo, and Barton’s own innovative music runs throughout the album. Matthew Doyle’s performance of Dawn Mantras by Ross Edwards closes the album – a work which was written to herald the new millennium in a performance from the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This moment was viewed throughout the world, and music that has lost none of its resonance over a decade later.
Length: 14 Tracks
Genre: Classical and Indigenous Fusion
Why is it a favourite?
I am a fan of classical music and the moment I heard a song from this album on ABC Classic I was hooked. The sound of the didgeridoo by itself or in traditional Aboriginal songs has such an amazing depth, I really love the sound the instrument makes. Build an orchestral arrangement behind this sound and you have struck gold.
The Art of the Didgeridoo not only showcases the instrument but it demonstrates the range the instrument has and the ways in which it can make beautiful music. ‘The Concerto for Didgeridoo’ songs are powerful ones which demonstrate the breadth of not only the Australian land but the ways in which the orchestra and Didgeridoo can work together to paint stunning soundscapes.
The didgeridoo is a language. It is a speaking language. And like any language, it’s something that you’ve got to learn over many months and many years. It’s got to be a part of you and what you do.’William Barton
Why would you Recommend it?
I would really recommend this for anyone who wants to explore all that the Didgeridoo can do and create. I think that this album, and indeed all efforts made to include and showcase indigenous culture, is an amazing resource for the Australian community. Not only is it showcasing the instrument but it is bringing traditional music to audiences who would otherwise not experience it, international or otherwise.
If you are a classical music fan, I would also recommend this album as it is a beautiful album filled with a mix of sounds and songs.
The Art of the Didgeridoo is an album I keep returning to and that I keep enjoying. Not only is it showcasing a underutilised instrument but it is really great to listen to, ‘Dreamtime Duet’ being a favourite of mine. Don’t believe me? Give it a listen.