SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

Sea Runes

Song-cycle for chorus or vocal sextet

1986

3 minutes

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Dedication The King's Singers

Commissioned by The King's Singers, with funds provided by the Ford Motor Company Ltd as a companion piece to House of Winter

 

 

 

Scoring

SATB chorus or vocal sextet (AATBBB or SATBBB)

Sections

1. Five Crags
2. Elder
3. Crofter – Fisherman
4. Shopkeeper
5. New Boat
6. Fishmonger

Concert Performance, the King's Singers

1987

Synopsis

Composer Notes

Programme Notes

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.</p?

 

First Performance

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

Sunday, 16 November 1986

The King's Singers