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  Founder: Len Mullenger

DAVIES, Peter Maxwell
b Manchester, 8 September 1934

He was educated at Leigh Grammar School, Royal Manchester College of Music and Manchester University. In 1957 he won an Italian government scholarship to study in Rome. From 1959 to 1962 he was director of music at Cirencester Grammar School. In 1962 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and went to Princeton University Graduate Music School; he gave a series of lectures in Austria, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand in 1965; and in 1966 was composer-in-residence at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. In May 1967 he formed, with Harrison Birtwistle, the Pierrot Players. He lived in a remote Dorset village until

1970, and since then he has made his horn e in the Orkneys. In 1979 the University of Edinburgh awarded him an honorary doctorate of music.

1952 (18)

Quartet Movement, for string quartet

1955 (21)

Sonata for trumpet and piano

1956 (22)

Five Pieces for piano, Op 2

Stedman Doubles, for clarinet and percussion (revised 1968)

Clarinet Sonata (1956-7)

1957 (23)

Alma redemptoris mater, for instrumental ensemble

St Michael, sonata for seventeen wind instruments

1958 (24)


Stedman Caters (revised 1968)

Prolation, for orchestra

1959 (25)

Ricercar and doubles on 'To Many a Well', for instrumental ensemble

Five Motets, for SATB soloists, double choir and instrumental ensemble

Five Klee Pictures, for school, amateur or professional orchestra (revised 1976)

William Byrd: Three Dances, arranged for school or amateur orchestra

1960 (26)

O Magnum Mysterium, for unaccompanied SATB, with two instrumental sonatas and organ fantasia

Five Voluntaries, arranged for school or amateur orchestra

Organ Fantasia from O Magnum Mysterium

1961 (27)

String Quartet

Ave Maria, Hail Blessed Flower, carol for SATB

Te lucis ante terminum, for SATB and instrumental ensemble

1962 (28)

First Fantasia on In Nomine of John Taverner, for orchestra

Four Carols, for SATB unaccompanied

Leopardi Fragments, for soprano, contralto, and instrumental ensemble

The Lord's Prayer, for SATB unaccompanied

Sinfonia for chamber orchestra

1963 (29)

Veni Sancte Spiritus, for SATB soloists, SATB and small orchestra

1964 (30)

Seven In Nomine, for instrumental ensemble (1964-5)

Second Fantasia on John Taverner's In Nomine, for orchestra

Shakespeare Music, for instrumental ensemble

Ave, Plena Gracia, for SATB with optional organ

1965 (31)

Ecce manus tradentis, for SATB soloists, SATB chorus and instrumental ensemble

Revelation and Fall, for soprano and sixteen instruments (revised 1980)

Shall I Die for Mannis Sake?, carol for SA with piano

The Shepherd's Calendar, for young singers (SATB)

and instrumentalists

1966 (32)

Notre dame des fleurs, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, counter tenor and instrumental ensemble

Five Carols, for SA unaccompanied

Solita, for flute with musical box

1967 (33)

Antechrist, for instrumental ensemble

Five Little Pieces for piano

Hymnos, for clarinet and piano

1968 (34)

Missa Super L'Homme Armé, for speaker or singer (male or female)

and instrumental ensemble (revised 1971)

Stedman Caters, for instrumental ensemble

Purcell: Fantasia on a Ground and two Pavans, realisation for instrumental ensemble

1969 (35)

St Thomas Wake, foxtrot for orchestra on a pavan by John Bull

Worldes Bliss, for orchestra

Eight Songs for a Mad King, for male voice and instrumental ensemble

Eram Quasi Agnus, instrumental motet

Gabrielli: Canzona, realisation for chamber ensemble

Vesalii Icones, for dancer, solo cello and instrumental ensemble

1970 (36)

Taverner, opera in two acts

Points and Dances from Taverner, instrumental dances and key-board pieces from the opera

Sub Tuam Protectionem, for piano

Ut Re Mi, for piano

1971 (37)

From Stone to Thorn, for mezzo-soprano and instrumental ensemble

Bell Tower (Turris campanarum sonantium), for percussion

Buxtehude: Also hat Gott die Welt Geliebet, cantata for soprano and instrumental ensemble; realisation including 'original' interpretation

Suite from The Devils for instrumental ensemble with soprano obbligato drawn from the sound track of Ken Russell's film

Suite from The Boyfriend for small orchestra; drawn from the sound track of Ken Russell's film, based on the musical by Sandy Wilson

1972 (38)

Blind Man's Buff, masque for soprano (or treble), mezzo-soprano, mime and small orchestra

Fool's Fanfare, for speaker and instrumental ensemble

Hymn to St Magnus, for instrumental ensemble with mezzo-soprano obbligato

Tenebrae super Gesualdo, for mezzo-soprano, guitar and instrumental ensemble

Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky, puzzle canon for instrumental ensemble

Lullabye for Lillian Rainbow, for guitar

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, sharp minor, 'The 48', Book 1, realisation for instrumental ensemble

Dunstable: Veni sancte spiritus - veni creator spiritus, realisation plus original work, for instrumental ensemble

1973 (39)

Stone Litany - Runes from a House of the Dead, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Renaissance Scottish Dances, for instrumental ensemble (anon arranged by Maxwell Davies)

Si quis diligit me, motet for instrumental ensemble (Peebles and Heagy, arranged by Maxwell Davies)

Purcell: Fantasia on One Note, realisation for instrumental ensemble

1973-4 (39-40)

Fiddlers at the Wedding, for mezzo-soprano and instrumental ensemble

1974 (40)

Dark Angels, for voice and guitar

Miss Donnithorne's Maggot, for mezzo-soprano and instrumental ensemble

All Sons of Adam, motet for instrumental ensemble (anon Scottish sixteenth century, arranged by Maxwell Davies)

Psalm 124, motet for instrumental ensemble (Peebles, Fethy, anon arranged by Maxwell Davies)

J. 5. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C# major, 'The 48', Book I, realisation for instrumental ensemble

1975 (41)

Ave maris Stella, for instrumental ensemble

The Door of the Sun, for viola

The Kestrel Paced Round the Sun, for flute

The Seven Brightnesses, for clarinet in Bb

Three Studies for percussion, for eleven percussionists

My Lady Lothian's Lilte, for instrumental ensemble with mezzo-soprano obbligato (realisation)

Stevie's Ferry to Hoy, for piano (beginners)

1976 (42)

Three Organ Voluntaries, (formerly Three Preludes for Organ)

Kinloche His Fantassie, realisation for instrumental ensemble

Anakreontika, Greek songs for mezzo-soprano and instrumental ensemble

The Blind Fiddler, song cycle for soprano and instrumental ensemble

Symphony No 1

The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus, chamber opera in nine scenes without interval for mezzo-soprano, tenor, two baritones, bass and instrumental ensemble

1977 (43)

Non pater noster, prayer for SATB and organ

Westerlings, for unaccompanied SATB

Runes from a Holy Island, for instrumental ensemble

A Mirror of Whitening Light, for instrumental ensemble

Ave rex angelorum, for SATB unaccompanied or with organ

Our Father Whiche in Heaven Art, motet for instrumental ensemble (Angus arranged by Maxwell Davies)

1978 (44)

The Two Fiddlers, opera in two acts for young people to perform

Le Jongleur de Notre Dame, masque for baritone, mime/juggler,

instrumental ensemble and children's band

Salome, ballet in two acts and nine scenes for full orchestra

Four Lessons, for two clavichords

Dances from The Two Fiddlers for instrumental ensemble

1979 (45)

Black Pentecost, for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra

Solstice of Light, for tenor solo, SATB chorus and organ

Nocturne for alto flute

Kirkwall Shopping Songs, for children's voices, recorders, percussion and piano

The Lighthouse, chamber opera in one act with prologue for tenor baritone, bass, and instrumental ensemble

1980 (46)

Cinderella, pantomime opera in two acts for children to play and sing

The Yellow Cake Revue, comment in words and music on the threat of uranium mining in Orkney for voice and piano

Farewell to Stromness, piano interlude from The Yellow Cake Revue, arranged for guitar by Timothy Walker

Yesnaby Ground, piano interlude from The Yellow Cake Revue

A Welcome to Orkney, for instrumental ensemble

Little Quartet, string quartet for young musicians

Symphony No 2

1981 (47)

The Medium, monodrama for mezzo-soprano

Piano Sonata

The Rainbow, short music theatre work for young children to sing

and play

Hill Runes, for guitar

The Bairns of Brugh, for chamber ensemble

Little Quartet No 2, string quartet for young musicians

Tenor arias from The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus, for solo tenor, piano or organ

Lullabye for Lucy. for SATB

Salome, reduction for theatre orchestra of ballet score (1978)


thirty-eight instruments

Brass Quintet, unconducted

Seven Songs horn e, for unaccompanied children's voices SAA

1982 (48)

Songs of Hoy, masque for children's voices and instruments

Sea Eagle, for horn

Image, Reflection, Shadow, for instrumental ensemble

Sinfonia Concertante for chamber orchestra

Organ Sonata

Tallis: Four Voluntaries, arranged for brass quintet

Tallis: Four Voluntaries, arranged for brass band

Gesualdo: Two Motets, arranged for brass quintet

Gesualdo: Two Motets, arranged for brass band

March - The Pole Star, for brass quintet

March - The Pole Star, for brass band

1983 (49)

Birthday Music for John, trio for flute, viola and cello

Into the Labyrinth, cantata for solo tenor and chamber orchestra

Sinfonietta Accademica, for chamber orchestra

1984 (50)

Agnus Dei, for two solo sopranos, viola and cello

Sonatine for violin and cimbalom

Unbroken Circle, for instrumental ensemble

The Number

11 Bus, music theatre work for tenor, mezzo-soprano,

baritone, two dancers, mime and instrumental ensemble

Guitar Sonata

One Star, At Last, carol for SATB

Symphony No 3

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