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Music Text

Libretto by the composer from a short story by George Mackay Brown (E,F,G,I,S)


S,T,2Bar,B or 5 children; children's chorus; glasses/SD/BD/tam-t/4susp.cym/cyms/choke cym/tamb/flex/referee's whistle/swannee whistle/football rattle/guiro/nightingale/beaters and scrapers including a pair of knitting needles/vln bows/plastic soapdish/brushes-pft(=metronome,plectrum)-2vln(to be played by the singers of the Two Fiddlers if possible).string quintet or sm all string orchestra-bagpipes(optional) (all instruments intended to be played by children)
The opera may also be performed with piano and two violins only.

Reduced version (Philipp Vandré):
S,T,2Bar,B; children's chorus;
trumpet, bassoon, violin 1 (=Fiddler parts),violin 2 (=Fiddler parts), viola, cello, piano, percussion(2)
(Singers and musicians are professionals, chorus is made up of children).

Abbreviations (PDF)

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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Orkney Arts Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall Grammar School / Norman Mitchell
Recommended Recording

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies
Unicorn-Kanchana DKPCD9070 (Dances only)

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