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Works by Peter Maxwell Davies

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  • Performer: Mary Thomas, Julius Eastman
  • Orchestra: Fires of London
  • Composer: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Unicorn-Kanchana
  • ASIN: B000001PCI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,349 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Miss Donnithorne's Maggot - Peter Maxwell Davies
  2. Eight Songs for a Mad King - Peter Maxwell Davies

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In repertoire terms, this Unicorn release is unrivalled. Peter Maxwell Davies exploration of extreme mental states finds the Fires of London and Mary Thomas in fine fettle. 'Eight Songs for a Mad King' is a monodrama by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with a libretto by Randolph Stow, based on words of George III. The work was written for the South-African actor Roy Hart and the composer's ensemble the Pierrot Players, and premiered on 22 April 1969. Lasting half an hour, it is scored for a baritone, with an extraordinary command of extended techniques covering more than five octaves, and six players. The songs derive from tunes played by an extant mechanical organ owned by George III, tunes that he attempted to train bullfinches to sing. Miss Donnithorne was an Australian lady, apparently one of the models for Miss Havisham in Dickens's Great Expectations; jilted at the last minute, she became a recluse, and Davies's piece discovers her ranting among the remnants of her wedding cake, which is decorated with instrumentalists. Like the mad king, she has eight songs. 'Miss Donnithorne's Maggot' was premiered by these artists in Adelaide in 1974. A true testimony to the late composer s art.


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