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Sound clip of "The Martyrdom of St Magnus" - SMC179

Sir 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.

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