Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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For SATB chorus

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opus number: 145
completion date: 1990
duration: 7 minutes
scoring: Unaccompanied SATB chorus
world premiere: 21 December 1990, St. Albans, Highgate, Birmingham
BBC Singers, Simon Joly conductor
commissioner: BBC
dedication: The BBC
publisher: Chester Music
category: Vocal/choral work
text: George Mackay Brown's poem Voyages
programme note: Short Note by Paul Griffiths

Written for the BBC Singers, this piece requires a high level of choral expertise in its rhythms, intricate textures (though nearly always in four parts), wide-ranging vocal lines and characteristically dark but luminous harmony, impregnated with tritones and seconds. Not for the first time, Davies and George Mackay Brown follow the Stations of the Cross, though the fourteen sections are joined into a continuous slow-fast-slow musical movement, and the references to the events of Holy Week are oblique.
recording: BBC Singers, Simon Joly conductor
Collins Classics 14362
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