Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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Sea Runes

Song-cycle for chorus or vocal sextet

audio sample: Sea Runes
opus number: 126
completion date: 1986
duration: 3 minutes
movement titles: 1. Five Crags
2. Elder
3. Crofter - Fisherman
4. Shopkeeper
5. New Boat
6. Fishmonger
scoring: SATB chorus or vocal sextet (AATBBB or SATBBB)
world premiere: 16 November 1986, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA
The King's Singers
commissioner: The King's Singers, with funds provided by the Ford Motor Company Ltd
dedication: The King's Singers
publisher: Chester Music
category: Vocal/choral work
text: George Mackay Brown
programme note: Short Note by Paul Griffiths

Like House of Winter, this companion piece was composed for the King's Singers but can be sung by a mixed sextet or a men's or mixed chorus in six parts. There are six runes: short inscriptions of vocal harmony for different combinations, spliced together to make a single brief movement.
additional information: Commissioned as a companion piece to House of Winter
recording: BBC Singers, Simon Joly conductor
Collins Classics 14632
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