Aboriginal musician

William Barton

Origin
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Genre/styles
Classical, Traditional
About

William Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world. Website: williambarton.com.au

William Barton’s mother is opera singer Delmae Barton, a member of the Stolen Generations.

The documentary Kalkadoon Man is a movie about William Barton’s musical work.

Discography

Songs of Mother Country

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Released
2003
Tracks

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Notes

William Barton composed and performed Songs of Mother Country as a major commission for the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music.


Requiem

Released
2004
Tracks

CD/side 1

  1. Requiem: Introit / Kyrie / Gradual / Sequence / Canticle / Sanctus / Agnus Dei / Communion

CD/side 2

  1. My Country Childhood: Song of the Hills / A Church Gathering / A Village Funeral / Song of the River
  2. Earth Cry (abridged version)
  3. Great Sandy Island: The Sea Coast / The Boro-ground / The Rain-forest / The Garrison / Dune Dreaming
  4. New Norcia
  5. Quamby (for chamber orchestra): Prelude / In the Valley / On High Hills / At Quamby Bluff
Notes

The double CD Requiem is a major work for orchestra, chorus and didgeridoo by Peter Sculthorp.


Songs of Sky and Sea

William Barton - Songs of Sky and Sea
Released
2004-05
Tracks
  1. Earth Cry
  2. Mangrove
  3. Songs of Sea and Sky: Prelude / Saibai - solo violin: Alan Smith / Interlude / Mission Hymn / Dance Song / Lament
  4. Kakadu - solo cor angalis: Alexa Murray
  5. From Ubirr
Notes

Songs of Sky and Sea features works by Peter Sculthorpe revised for didgeridoo and orchestra, performed by William Barton and the Queensland Orchestra. The album was nominated for ‘Best Classical Album’ in the 2004 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards.


River Symphony

Released
2007
Tracks
  1. Concerto for Didgeridoo: Earth / Wind / Water / Fire
  2. River Symphony: Storm Clouds Gather / Memory of the Sea / Riverflow to Angry Waters / Dolphin, Platypus and Fish Dart in the Shallows / A New Purpose / Memory of the Sea, Riverflow and River of Life / River, Cities and Pollution / Lament for the River and Triumphant Return to the Sea
Notes

The Concerto for Didgeridoo was inspired by didgeridoo player William Barton, the soloist in this recording, who provided Sean O’Boyle with the rhythms on which the piece is based.


The Journey

William Barton - The Journey
Released
2007
Tracks
  1. Dawn of Time
  2. Earth Song
  3. Bird Song
  4. Fire
  5. The Storm
  6. Gathering 1
  7. Gathering 2
  8. Cleansing
  9. Life Circle
  10. Sound of Movement
  11. Journey's End
  12. Slow Break Beat
  13. Dance at Sunrise
Notes

This is William Barton’s first self-released album.


Dreamtime: Improvisations for Didgeridoo and Guitar

Released
2009-11
Tracks
  1. Dream (35:00)
  2. Dijilile (based on Dijilile by Peter Sculthorpe; 8:16)
  3. Earth (15:45)

Earth Cry / Piano Concerto / Kakadu

William Barton - Earth Cry / Piano Concerto / Kakadu
Released
200?
Tracks
  1. Earth Cry
  2. Memento Mori
  3. Piano Concerto
  4. From Oceania
  5. Kakadu
Notes

William Barton plays with music by Tasmanian-born Peter Sculthorpe who has re-written some of his key works to include parts for the didgeridoo.


Desert Stars Dancing

William Barton - Desert Stars Dancing
Released
2011-06
Tracks
  1. Desert Stars Dancing
  2. I Sunrise
  3. II Flight
  4. Moreton Bay
  5. Night Breath
  6. I Trance
  7. II Dreams and Chanting
  8. III Cadenza
  9. Electric Landscapes
  10. I Air
  11. II Light
  12. The Ground Beneath Us
  13. Meridional

Kalkadungu

Released
2012-06-01
Tracks
  1. Kalkadungu: Warrior Spirit 1
  2. Kalkadungu: Songman Entrance
  3. Kalkadungu: Bleached Bones
  4. Kalkadungu: Warrior Spirit 2
  5. Kalkadungu: Spirit of Kalkadunga
  6. Didjeridu Solo No. 1
  7. Earth Cry
  8. Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 1
  9. I Dream of Sacred... I Am My Dream
  10. Didjeridu Solo No. 2
  11. Requiem (excerpt): 8. Communion
  12. Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 2
  13. Didjeridu Solo No. 3

Birdsong at Dusk

Released
2014-07-04
Tracks
  1. Birdsong at Dusk
  2. Improvisation
  3. Petrichore
  4. 7/8 Not Too Late
  5. Dreamtime Duet
  6. Didge Fusion

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