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The Hogboon

Children's Opera
Libretto by Peter Maxwell Davies
Edition: Performance material

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Based on a Scottish folk-tale from the Orkney Islands where Peter Maxwell Davies lived the last four decades of his life, The Hogboon is a children’s opera for a combination of professional musicians, students and children. Magnus, the seventh son of a seventh son, is taunted by his brothers for refusing to help on the farm. Still, he is sure he is destined for great deeds of valour. His chance comes when the sea monster Nuckleavee threatens to destroy the village unless he is fed six young ladies and the Princess. Magnus and the friendly spirit, the Hogboon, devise a plan to scare off Nuckleavee and save the ladies and the village.

Orchestral Cast

2(2.pic).2.2(1.Acl, 2.Acl & bcl).2(2.cbsn)- cym, crash cym, s.d., b.d., b.d. (pedal), wdblk, temple blk, thunder sheet)-str( minimum) · Balcony Ensemble (3tpt-2perc(2s.d., 2t.drum) · Hogboon Band (An onstage group of Hogboons and the Hogboon's friends. Non-specific instrumentation, parts may be performed by players of any age)


Magnus · boy treble - Mother · soprano - Hogboon · baritone - Earl of Orkney · tenor - Good Witch · contralto - Cat · high soprano - Princess · soprano - Six Golden-Tressed Maidens · 3 sopranos, 3 altos - Magnus' Six Elder Brothers · 3 tenors, 3 basses - Bat · non-singing/silent - Nuckleavee (sea monster) / Kittens · Children's Chorus (S. unison) - Youth Chorus (S.A.Bar) - Main Chorus (S.A.T.B)

More Information

The Hogboon
Children's Opera
Libretto by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performance material
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
op. 335
55 ′
World Premiere:
June 26, 2016 · London (UK)
Barbican Hall
Guildhall School Musicians · Conductor: Simon Rattle · London Symphony Orchestra · LSO Discovery Chorus; London Symphony Chorus · Choir director: Simon Halsey

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg & Philharmonie Luxembourg within a series of commissions of children’s operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10446-01


Set Ascending Direction
  • The Hogboon
    Conductor: Simon Rattle
    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
    June 26, 2016 | London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Barbican Hall — World Premiere
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