Libretto by the composer from a short story by George Mackay Brown (E,F,G,I,S)
S,T,2Bar,B or 5 children; children's chorus;
18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124-timp.perc(6):2glsp/marimba/xyl/4tpl.bl/2wdbl/2brandy glasses/SD/BD/tam-t/4susp.cym/cyms/choke cym/tamb/flex/referee's whistle/swannee whistle/football rattle/guiro/nightingale/beaters and scrapers including a pair of knitting needles/vln bows/plastic soapdish/brushes-pft(=metronome,plectrum)-2vln(to be played by the singers of the Two Fiddlers if possible).string quintet or sm all string orchestra-bagpipes(optional) (all instruments intended to be played by children)
The opera may also be performed with piano and two violins only.
Reduced version (Philipp Vandré):
S,T,2Bar,B; children's chorus;
trumpet, bassoon, violin 1 (=Fiddler parts),violin 2 (=Fiddler parts), viola, cello, piano, percussion(2)
(Singers and musicians are professionals, chorus is made up of children).