SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

The Hogboon

2015

55 mins

opus

335

The Hogboon, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, isÊsatisfyingly weird

The Telegraph

Dedication

Commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

 

 

 

Scoring

>Junior Choir 7-11 years
– Senior Choir, 11-18 years
– Small Kitten chorus, 5-7 years if available, otherwise can be sung by junior choir
– Adult SATB chorus
– Cast of characters: Magnus, treble – Mother, soprano – Hogboon, baritone – Earl of Orkney, tenor – Good Witch, contralto – Cat, high soprano – Princess, soprano – Six Maidens, sopranos/contraltos – Magnus’ brothers, 3 tenors and 3 basses
Orchestral forces: 2(2.pic).2.2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-2.2.2.0-timp.perc(glsp, mar, b.d., 4sus cym, crash cym, templeblk, wdblk, thunder sheet)-Scottish Piper (optional)-str ” off-stage “Nucklavee Fanfare” 3tpt-2perc(2s.d., 2tenor drums) “Hogboon Band” mixed instruments played by children (recorders, woodwinds, etc.)

Sections

Magnus singing and meets the Hogboon

13/07/2017

Synopsis

Adapted from a local folktale from the Orkney Islands in Scotland, “The Hogboon’ tells the story of Magnus, who must save his family and community from Nuckleavee, a vengeful and terrible sea-monster who lives in the waters around them. Luckily for Magnus, each house in Orkney has its own Hogboon, a familiar spirit who looks after the family’s wellbeing, to help him.

Composer Notes

Programme Notes

 

The Hogboon, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, isÊsatisfyingly weird

The Telegraph

First Performance

the Barbican Centre

Sunday, 26 June 2016

LSO Discovery Choirs