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clip of "The Martyrdom of St Magnus" - SMC179
Peter Maxwell Davies' opera, "The Martyrdom of St Magnus"
had its world premier in St Magnus Cathedral at the first
St Magnus Festival in 1977. It is loosely based on George
Mackay Brown's novel "Magnus".
The opera was commissioned by the BBC for the Silver Jubilee
of Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies composed the
music in the summer of 1975 on Hoy.
"The Martyrdom of St Magnus" has been performed
twice at the St Magnus Festival. It has been performed in
the Cathedral in 1977 and 1987.