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The Kestrel Road

By Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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SATB Choir and Piano
Composed by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-). Folk Music. Book Only. Composed 2006. Chester Music #MUSCH69410. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH69410).

Item Number: BT.MUSCH69410

Composed in 2003, The Kestrel Road was jointly commissioned by forty-seven choirs, all of which are members of Music Making a national society that links several thousand amateur choirs and orchestras. This workwascommissioned as a tribute to mark the seventieth birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and was performed nationwide throughout the 2004/5 season.

The Kestrel Road is a song-cycle for SATB Choir and Piano, settingsofpoems by the 'Bard of Orkney' George Mackay Brown (1917-96). The poems are highly evocative of Orkney life, history and folklore, with shepherds, crofters, fisher folk, a laird, a scarecrow King Barleycorn, and the timelessfigureof Ikey the Tinker, who passes through many of Brown's poems, seemingly linking past and present. According to Maxwell Davies, the music is suggestive of the 'elusive land and seascapes' of the islands and is much influencedbythe local folk music.

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