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- About William
William Barton, a Kalkadoon (Kalkadunga) man, 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. His Uncle Arthur, also a didgeridoo player, influenced him greatly and Elders nominated Barton to continue the traditional cultural music tradition and handed him Arthur's didgeridoo.
Aged 17 he was chosen to be the soloist for the world premiere of Dance Gundah, a concerto for didgeridoo and orchestra. Ever since he is bringing together Aboriginal traditional and Western art music,  like in the performance Heartland with violinist Véronique Serret (who is also his partner).
The documentary Kalkadoon Man is a movie about William Barton's musical work.
Album formats explained Explain formats
- 10": 10 inch vinyl records were played at 45 or 33 1/3 rounds per minute (rpm). The former could hold 9, the latter 12 minutes of music per side.
- 7": 7 inch records (often referred to as 45s) were played at 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm, with about 4:30 or 6 minutes of music per side.
- LP: Long play, is a vinyl record played at 33 1⁄3 rpm with a 12 or 10-inch diameter.
- EP: Extended play, are vinyl records that allowed two or even three songs on each side.
Songs of Mother Country
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William Barton composed and performed Songs of Mother Country as a major commission for the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music.
- Requiem: Introit / Kyrie / Gradual / Sequence / Canticle / Sanctus / Agnus Dei / Communion
- My Country Childhood: Song of the Hills / A Church Gathering / A Village Funeral / Song of the River
- Earth Cry (abridged version)
- Great Sandy Island: The Sea Coast / The Boro-ground / The Rain-forest / The Garrison / Dune Dreaming
- New Norcia
- Quamby (for chamber orchestra): Prelude / In the Valley / On High Hills / At Quamby Bluff
The double CD Requiem is a major work for orchestra, chorus and didgeridoo by Peter Sculthorp.
Songs of Sky and Sea
- May 2004
- Earth Cry
- Songs of Sea and Sky: Prelude / Saibai - solo violin: Alan Smith / Interlude / Mission Hymn / Dance Song / Lament
- Kakadu - solo cor angalis: Alexa Murray
- From Ubirr
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.
- Concerto for Didgeridoo: Earth / Wind / Water / Fire
- 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
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.
- Dawn of Time
- Earth Song
- Bird Song
- The Storm
- Gathering 1
- Gathering 2
- Life Circle
- Sound of Movement
- Journey's End
- Slow Break Beat
- Dance at Sunrise
This is William Barton's first self-released album.
Dreamtime: Improvisations for Didgeridoo and Guitar
- November 2009
- Dream (35:00)
- Dijilile (based on Dijilile by Peter Sculthorpe; 8:16)
- Earth (15:45)
Earth Cry / Piano Concerto / Kakadu
- Earth Cry
- Memento Mori
- Piano Concerto
- From Oceania
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
- June 2011
- Desert Stars Dancing
- I Sunrise
- II Flight
- Moreton Bay
- Night Breath
- I Trance
- II Dreams and Chanting
- III Cadenza
- Electric Landscapes
- I Air
- II Light
- The Ground Beneath Us
- 1 June 2012
- Kalkadungu: Warrior Spirit 1
- Kalkadungu: Songman Entrance
- Kalkadungu: Bleached Bones
- Kalkadungu: Warrior Spirit 2
- Kalkadungu: Spirit of Kalkadunga
- Didjeridu Solo No. 1
- Earth Cry
- Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 1
- I Dream of Sacred... I Am My Dream
- Didjeridu Solo No. 2
- Requiem (excerpt): 8. Communion
- Voice and Didjeridu Improvisation No. 2
- Didjeridu Solo No. 3
Birdsong at Dusk
- 4 July 2014
- Birdsong at Dusk
- 7/8 Not Too Late
- Dreamtime Duet
- Didge Fusion
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