Cross Lane Fair

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934)

Cross Lane Fair 1994

2222 - 2221 - timp - perc(2) - bodhran - strings
Duration 
14
Genre 
Publisher 

Cross Lane Fair is an evocation of the Salford fairground of my early childhood in the late nineteen thirties, to which I was taken by my parents. The pipes, with their bodhran accompaniment, represent myself as a four or five year old and the orchestra becomes the fair, with its roundabouts and steam organs and swings. The sections, played without a break, are:

Introduction (pipes and orchestra)
Fairground (orchestra)
Ghost Trains (pipes and orchestra)
Transition (orchestra)
The Bearded Lade and the Five Legged Sheep (pipes and orchestra)
(I remember these exhibits particularly in a tent of such wonders).
Transition (orchestra)
The Juggler (orchestra)
The Roundabout (pipes and orchestra)

© Peter Maxwell Davies

Performances 
18.6.94 St Magnus Festival: Mark Jordan (Northumbrian pipes)/ Rob Lea (bodhran)/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
1.12.04 RNCM, Manchester: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
18.5.08 Royal Festival Hall, London: Mark Jordan (Northumbrian pipes)/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Stuart Stratford
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
1
Other
bodhran
(Esc)