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Peter Maxwell Davies, Selected Writings

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  • Date Published: November 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108501460

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  • This book brings together an extensive and varied collection of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's written and spoken-word items for the first time. Spanning the composer's entire career, this compendium offers a balanced selection of Davies's articles and essays, speeches and lectures, interviews, radio broadcasts, programme notes, tributes and letters to newspapers. A number of items are published for the first time, including a new article from Davies himself (commissioned specially for this book), and several BBC radio broadcast interviews and talks from the 1960s. The structure of the book is chronological and divided into three parts, allowing readers to trace the development of Davies's thought and work over time, and to place each item in its biographical and historical context. The introduction and notes by Nicholas Jones place the writings in context, making this volume invaluable for those interested in the music and wider culture of post-war Britain.

    • Brings together an extensive and varied collection of Davies's written and spoken-word items - spanning his entire career - for the first time in one volume
    • Chronological structure allows readers easily to navigate the themes and stages of Davies's work
    • Offers valuable insights into significant and often overlooked aspects of his output, including several hard-to-access or previously unpublished sources
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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108501460
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 8 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. From Manchester to Hoy, 1934–1970:
    1. Maxwell Davies, composer
    2. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 1
    3. Webern: Variations for Piano, Op. 27
    4. Nikos Skalkottas: Sonatina and Tender Melody for Cello and Piano
    5. The young British composer
    6. Indian classical music
    7. Musical life in Italy
    8. Problems of a British composer today
    9. St Michael – Sonata for Seventeen Wind Instruments
    10. Prolation
    11. Realizing the 'aural vision' of Prolation
    12. Composing music for school use
    13. First Fantasia on an 'In Nomine' of John Taverner
    14. Sinfonia
    15. Echoes of the past in the present
    16. In defence of compositional technique
    17. The young composer in America
    18. Second Fantasia on John Taverner's 'In Nomine'
    19. Seven In Nomine
    20. Where our colleges fail
    21. Musical innovation
    22. Antechrist
    23. Sets or series
    24. Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie
    25. Manipulating time and immoral realizations
    26. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
    27. St Thomas Wake
    28. Worldes Blis
    29. Eight Songs for a Mad King
    30. Vesalii Icones
    31. The orchestra is becoming a museum
    32. Revelation and Fall
    33. Taverner
    Part II. From Hoy to Sanday, 1971–1997:
    34. Two early Orkney works
    35. 'Pax Orcadiensis'
    36. Benjamin Britten: a tribute
    37. Symphony
    38. Safer 'out' than in
    39. The Lighthouse
    40. Symphony No. 2
    41. Michael Tippett: a tribute
    42. Darkening our civilization
    43. St Magnus festival – one decade on
    44. Symphony No. 4
    45. The Arts Council and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    46. London's needs for all its orchestras
    47. Cheltenham Music Festival: a tribute
    48. Remembering Darmstadt
    49. Symphony No. 6
    50. The late Strathclyde Concertos
    51. The influence of Aboriginal music
    52. Renaissance architecture, symphonic precedents and historical resonances
    53. Notes from a cold climate
    Part III. Sanday, 1998–2016:
    54. A Roma, con amore
    55. Mr Emmet Takes a Walk
    56. Music to our ears
    57. A composer's point of view (I): on music, mathematics and magic squares
    58. A composer's point of view (II): on parody, references and meaning
    59. A composer's point of view (III): on religion
    60. A composer's point of view (IV): on the composition of 'light' and 'serious' music
    61. Symphony No. 7
    62. The Naxos Quartets
    63. Studying with Petrassi
    64. Master of the Queen's music
    65. Will serious music become extinct?
    66. A disorientating ruckus
    67. Bearing witness
    68. A conducting lesson with Leonard Bernstein
    69. Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!)
    70. Beacons of light: in praise of music's benevolence
    71. A symphony for troubled times
    72. In search of Borromini
    73. Indivisible parameters and spirit-stirring amalgams
    74. Calling us to our sleep.

  • Author

    Peter Maxwell Davies


    Nicholas Jones, Cardiff University
    Nicholas Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Cardiff University. He is co-editor of and contributor to Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge, 2009), The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett (Cambridge, 2013) and Harrison Birtwistle Studies (Cambridge, 2015). He has written a number of significant journal articles on Davies for Music and Letters, Tempo and The Musical Times.

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