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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: the man and the music

Jones, Nicholas ORCID: 2019. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: the man and the music. [Online]. The Peter Maxwell Davies Trust. Available at:

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This essay explores the life and music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016). His status as one of the leading international and highly distinguished composers of the post-war period is widely acknowledged, his position firmly cemented with six decades’ worth of high profile, worldwide performances of his music and extensive critical and scholarly engagement with his oeuvre. This prolific, protean composer left behind a highly significant body of work that comprises nearly 550 compositions in every major genre, including art song and ballet, sonata and string quartet, mass and oratorio, symphony and concerto, music theatre and opera, as well as music for children and amateurs. This rich vein of music flowed from Davies’s creative imagination ostensibly unabated throughout his working life. To put it simply: Davies was possessed, come what may, with an obsessive compulsion – a dogged inner impulse – to compose.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: The Peter Maxwell Davies Trust
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:29

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