Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) was one of the leading international composers of the post-war period as well as one of the most productive.
Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) was one of the leading international composers of the post-war period as well as one of the most productive. This book provides a global view of his music, integrating a number of resonant themes in the composer's work while covering a representative cross-section of his vast output - his work list encompasses nearly 550 compositions in every established genre. Each chapter focuses on specific major works and offers generaldiscussion of other selected works connected to the main themes. These themes include compositional technique and process; genre; form and architecture; tonality and texture; allusion, quotation and musical critique; and place and landscape. Throughout, the book contends that Davies's works are not created in a vacuum but are intimately connected to, and are a reflection of, 'the past'. This deep engagement occurs on a number of levels, fluctuating and interacting with the composer's own predominantly modernist idiom and evoking a chain of historical resonances. Making sustained reference to Davies's own words, articles and programme notes as well as privileged access to primary source material from his estate, the book illuminates the composer's practices and approaches while shaping a discourse around his music.
Biography, Stylistic Development, Autobiography
Compositional Technique and Process
Form and Architecture
Tonality and Texture
Allusion, Quotation, Musical Critique
Landscape and Place
Catalogue of works
Index of Works by Peter Maxwell Davies
"This masterful volume conjures up a very satisfying insight both in technical music terms but also the anecdotal memories of a man who contributed so much to British musical art...Highly recommended for all serious classical music lovers."
BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY
"Insights aplenty.Delving into his inspirations is rewarding for all opera lovers."