composer: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
cover design and layout: Adam Hay
Four Tunes from the Scottish Island of Sanday
Instrumentation: string ensemble (string quartet)
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Duration: 5' 0''
Edition: score and parts - each 1x violin I+II, viola, cello
28 Pages - Saddle stitching
Order number: ED 12975
Start Point is a collection of four tunes written for the Sanday Fiddle Club. First performed in their entirety in 2006 at the St Magnus Festival, the names of the tunes are names of places on the Orkney Islands.
Evocative and unassuming, the appealing character and flexibility of these works reflects their genesis. They are suited to a variety of purposes and could be played by both string quartet and string ensemble. Accessible by standard and style, to the extent that they are rooted in the community they form an illustration of Maxwell Davies' engagement with his locality, where he has lived since the 1970s.