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Maxwell Davies, Peter: Taverner (1962-68/1970) 117'
Opera in two acts

Music Text

Libretto by the composer, drawn from letters and documents of the 16th century (E-L,G-L,Sw-L)

Scoring

2(I,II=picc).2(II=corA).2(I=Ebcl,II=Ebcl,bcl).2(II=dbn)-4.4(III&IV=picc in F).2.2-timp.perc(5):glsp/t.bells/French cowbell/Japanese jingles/ metal disc/knife(with grinding wheel)/metal & wooden claves/maracas/ wdbl/4tpl.bl/castanet machine/football rattle/ratchet/2tamb/2SD/tab/ TD/3BD/Turkish cym/cyms/3susp.cym/cracked cym/tam-t/coil bell/upright pft with action removed/hand bells/2church bells/6tuned gongs-harm-harp -strings; stage orchestra (modern alternatives in brackets):lute(guitar)/ 2tenor viols(2vln)/4bass viols(2vla.4vlc)/violone(db)/2s oprano shawms(2ob)/tab/SD/sopranino recorder(picc)/ co rnett in C(cl)/bass shawm(dbn)/soprano shawm(=alto shawm)(tpt)/ al to trbn(tenor trbn)/nakers(timp)/positive organ/regal/12 soldiers' dr ums; off-stage: descant,treble,tenor,and bass recorders

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World Premiere

12/07/1972
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Michael Geliot, director / Royal Opera / Edward Downes

Recommended Recording

Martyn Hill/David Wilson Johnson/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
(p) 2009 BBC (c) 2009 NMC Recordings Ltd
NMC D157

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