Commissioned by the King's Singers with funds provided by the Ford Motor Co. Ltd

  • 3 min

Programme Note

SEA RUNES is a haunting and evocative setting of a group of six poems by the Orkney poet, George Mackay Brown and was written as a companion piece to THE HOUSE OF WINTER. The contrasting poems are:

• Five Crags
• Elder
• Crofter/Fisherman
• Shopkeeper
• New Boat
• Fishmonger

The first performance was given on 16 November 1986 at the Alice Tully Hall, New York by the King’s Singers.

Peter Maxwell Davies

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