Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: A Reel of Seven Fishermen

As part of the celebrations of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' 75th birthday, Stephen Johnson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by the composer himself at Glasgow's City Halls for a exploration of the ideas and workings of his half-hour orchestral tone poem, A Reel of Seven Fishermen.

The work was composed in 1998 and was inspired by both Maxwell Davies' home in Orkney and verses by the Orcadian poet, George Mackay Brown. Stephen examines how the composer evokes a personal seascape in the piece. He also explores how certain musical references are linked to themes suggested within the poem.

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ComposerPeter Maxwell Davies

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