The Music of James MacMillan

July 2019
4 black and white, 74 line illustrations
304 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783273706
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC MUS006000, MUS007000, MUS020000

The Music of James MacMillan

Phillip A. Cooke

Known for his orchestral, operatic and choral works, James MacMillan (b. 1959) appeals across the spectrum of contemporary music making.
James MacMillan appeals across the spectrum of contemporary music making and is particularly celebrated for his orchestral, operatic and choral pieces. This book, published in time to mark the composer's sixtieth birthday, is the first in-depth look at his life, work and aesthetic. From his beginnings in rural Ayrshire and his early work with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, through the international breakthrough success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, the continuing success of works such as the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmaneul and his choral pieces, to his current position as one of the most prominent British composers of his generation, the book explores MacMillan's compositional influences over time. It looks closely at his most significant works and sets them in a wider context defined by contemporary composition, culture and the arts in general.
The book also considers MacMillan's strong Catholic faith and how this has influenced his work, along with his politics and his on-going relationship with Scottish nationalism. With the support of the composer and his publisher and unprecedented access to interviews and previously unpublished materials, the book not only provides an appraisal of MacMillan's work but also insights into what it means to be a prominent composer and artist in the twenty-first century.

PHILLIP A. COOKE is a Composer and Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen. He has previously co-edited The Music of Herbert Howells for Boydell.

An e-book version of this title is available (9781787445482), to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. See here for a full list of our partners.
Keywords: Music

Table of Contents

The Keening - Cumnock, Edinburgh and Durham
The Tryst - Glasgow and the road to Isobel Gowdie
Scots Songs - The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, Tuireadh and Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
A Different World - Visitatio Sepulchri, Seven Last Words from the Cross and Inés de Castro
Changed - Triduum and Quickening
Raising Sparks - 'Scotland's Shame', politics and A Scotch Bestiary
A New Song - Mass and MacMillan's choral renaissance
After Virtue - Symphony No. 3, The Sacrifice and the St John Passion
Serenity - Violin Concerto, Clemency and the St Luke Passion
Tu es Petrus - Bellahouston Park and the return to Cumnock
List of Works and Recordings

Also by Author