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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, holder since 2004 of the ancient royal post of Master of The Queen's Music, is one of Britain's foremost and most prolific composers. His reputation in the UK (and especially abroad) puts him at the top of a distinguished international list of contemporary composers who have helped to re-define what 'avant-garde' actually means in the 21st century. We see Max working at over half a dozen London and European venues, including The Albert Hall as it hosts his special 75th birthday Promenade Concert. New works of his are premiered, including his 2nd Violin Concerto played by Daniel Hope, and Sir Peter personally plays for us his 'hit' tune, Farewell to Stromness. Also included are extracts from, amongst other works by him:

"Fiddler on the Shore" (his new violin concerto, played by Daniel Hope
"Eight Songs for a Mad King"
"Mavis in Las Vegas"
String Quartets nos 3,7 and 10.

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Fri 15 Jul 2011 19:30 BBC Four


Paul Joyce
Paul Joyce


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