The Martyrdom of St. Magnus

Chamber Opera in Nine Scenes

Peter Maxwell Davies

Year

1976


Duration

72'


Movements

I. The Battle of Menai Strait; II. The Temptations of Magnus; III. The Curse of Blind Mary; IV. The Peace Parley (Prelude to the Invocation of the Dove); V. Magnus' Journey to the Isle of Egilsay; VI. Earl Håkon Resolves to Murder Magnus; VI. The Reporters; VII. The Sacrifice; VIII. The Miracle


Instrumentation

mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone (2), bass - flute (=piccolo, alto flute), clarinet in A (=bass clarinet), horn, trumpet (2), percussion, harpsichord (=celesta), guitar, viola, violoncello, double bass


Genre

Stage Work with Guitar


Text/Libretto

Peter Maxwell Davies after the novel 'Magnus' by George Mackay Brown


Commission

BBC for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II


Premiere

Kirkwall, Orkney, St. Magnus Cathedral, 18 June 1977: Neil Mackie, tenor / Michael Rippon, baritone / Brian Rayner Cook, baritone / Ian Comboy, bass / Mary Thomas, mezzo-soprano / The Fires of London, Peter Maxwell Davies (cond.) / Murray Melvin, staging


Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes


Source

composer homepage;