Farewell to Stromness - Printable Version
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Farewell to Stromness - alistair - 06-05-2010 01:43 PM
As you suspected Nigel there are lots of versions of "Farewell to Stromness" on You Tube. The first one I heard (on Classic FM) a few years back was by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Om2GoiUYfw&feature=PlayList&p=89AC51113D2FE7BF&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=32 )
Another rendition on classical guitar, played by Graham Anthony Devine, is at
This also includes more information about the history. it was originally written for piano:
"Farewell to Stromness is a piano interlude from The Yellow Cake Revue, by Peter Maxwell Davies, which protested against the economically adverse affect of uranium mining in the Orkneys, and was first performed at the St. Magnus Festival, Orkney in 1980. The music inspired Timothy Walker present at the Revue to transcribe Farewell to Stromness for solo guitar, which he performed two days later in Kirkwall Cathedral, Orkney, as part of the same Festival."
There's also a performance of the original piano piece at
A skilled pianist might even be able retrofit the score by watching the player's fingers ...