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Composer: Tim Porter. Opera,1975
The only one of Tim Porter's stage works as yet unperformed is a huge opera "The Duke of Monmouth's Maggot", written in 1974/5. Originally commissioned by Dartington Arts Society, it outgrew the original conception to such an extent that the production never took place. It is a work that demands large and elaborate forces and resources, and there is no way in which it can be cut down to size.
The opera is based on West Country traditions of the Duke of Monmouth's Rebellion, and contains spectacular scenes of battle and mayhem. It calls for full orchestra, country dance band, chorus, semi-
Widow Parcet, an inn-
Chorus (SATB) of country people, rebels, solders, etc.
also, divers non-
3 flute (3rd doubling piccolo)
2 French horn
2 tenor trombones
1 bass trombone
country dance band