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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 AheadA Reel of Seven Fisherman performed by BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (12 Mar); Eight Songs for a Mad King at King's Place in London (19 Mar) and Cité de la Musique in Paris (27 May); Simon Rattle conducts The Two Fiddlers at the Philharmonie in Berlin (18/19 Jun)

"...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


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