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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Songs of Hoy (1981)
Text Writer
Peter Maxwell Davies
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
25 Minutes
children's choir

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Programme Note
Peter Maxwell Davies Songs of Hoy (1981)
There are seven songs and an instrumental interlude, making all together an entertainment that provides opportunity for very simple stage action and dancing: nothing at all elaborate is needed in the way of scenery and costumes. The voices are in unison throughout, and their part is always doubled by instruments, which should make it relatively easy for quite young children to learn their way into Davies's delightful tunes. The references to Hoy are incidental, and could possibly be adapted to suit the locality of a particular performance. In any event, most of these tall stories and rhymes will appeal to children everywhere.

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  • 24 JUN 2014
    St Magnus International Festival
    Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
    Kirwall Grammar School, Stromness Acadamey Papdale, St Andrews And Stromness Primary Schools and North Walls Community School
    Glenys Hughes, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2010
    NEC Preparatory School Contemporary Festival
    Brown Hall, New England Conservatory, USA
  • 19 APR 2005
    Peter Maxwell Davies, a musician of our time
    Purcell Room
    Purcell Contemporary Ensemble, Musicians from the London Sinfonietta
    Edward Longstaff, conductor
  • 06 FEB 2005
    Holy Trinity Church, Somerset
    Mark Forkgen, conductor

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