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Peter Maxwell Davies

 b. 1934Peter Maxwell Davies Photo © Copyright Eamonn McCabe

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Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the most significant figures in post-War European music * Rose to prominence in late 1960s with neo-expressionistic music-theatre pieces Eight Songs for a Mad King and Vesalii Icones, orchestra scores Worldes Blis and St Thomas Wake, and opera Taverner * Many works composed for distinctive chamber sextet of Fires of London * Since the 1970s, worklist includes Trumpet Concerto, 8 Symphonies, and 10 Strathclyde Concertos written for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra * Many works for young performers * Active as conductor, both of his own works and standard repertoire* Appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 2004

Works by Peter Maxwell Davies include:
Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969) Music-theatre work for male singer and ensemble
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise (1985) for orchestra or chamber orchestra and Highland pipes
Symphony No.5 (1994) for orchestra

Looking Ahead: 80th birthday performances of Eight Songs for a Mad King in Basel (1 Mar), Paris (14-17 Mar), Oslo (4 Apr), Helsinki (15 May) and Freiburg (27 Jun); concerts by ContempoArtEnsemble at the Maggio Musicale in Florence (19 May) and the Venice Biennale (16 Oct) including Vesalii Icones; featured composer at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival (Aug); releases by Naxos in 2014 include Strathclyde Concerto No.10, Seven in Nomine, Stone Litany and The Beltane Fire.

"...vivid theatricality and a musical idiom that combines medieval mysticism, modernist rigour and happy accessibility." — New York Times

For information on Maxwell Davies works available from other publishers please visit the composer's website at www.maxopus.com

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