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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Sea Elegy (1998),
Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Orchestra
Text Writer
George Mackay Brown
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
1998
Duration
16 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Soloist
soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone


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Peter Maxwell Davies Sea Elegy (1998),
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  • Ensemble
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
    Soloist(s)
    Lisa Tyrrell, Margaret MacDonald, Neil Mackie, David Wilson-Johnson
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Performances
Date
Title
  • 29 AUG 2008
    Dartington International Summer Festival
    Dartington, Devon
    Dartington Festival Orchestra
  • 08 MAY 2004
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Edinburgh
    Edinburgh Royal Choral Union / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Garry Walker, conductor

Reviews
Peter Maxwell Davies' Sea Elegy has a wholly different character, a stark setting of four bleak Orcadian elegies by the late George Mackay Brown for SATB soli, chorus and orchestra. This is brooding northern music, at once intense, ritualistic and self-conciously monochrome. The orchestra shudders and shimmers, conjuring up a dark post-Sibelian seascape. The harmonic language calls to mind the cool hieratic Stravinsky of the Symphony of Psalms, and the vocal writing is resolutely homophonic and syllabic as if in imitation of dour chapel hymnody. Sea Elegy is an elusive and grimly compelling work, but one that demands absolute conviction in performance...
Owen Leech, Music Teacher Magazine,8/1/2005
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