Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was one of the most exciting and provocative composers. His Eight Songs for a Mad King set the dizzying pace for Britain’s 1960s avant-garde, and the recent Naxos Quartets bear witness to his continuing innovative spirit. Audio samples are contained in the text: just tap to listen while you read.
About the Author
Roderic Dunnett was educated at Uppingham School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he was a classics and choral scholar. He taught Greek and ancient history in Coventry before turning to full-time writing. He has reviewed music, opera, books and exhibitions for The Independent, The Financial Times, New Statesman, Scotsman, Spectator and Church Times, and books or discs for The Strad, Early Music Today and BBC Music Magazine. He has presented programmes on British and East European opera and two Composers of the Week for BBC Radio 3, has written books on Dvořák and Debussy, and extensive chapters on Peter Maxwell Davies and Arthur Bliss. Interests include European travel, Celtic hillforts, Antarctica, Ivor Gurney and the music of Szymanowski.