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Farewell to Stromness [Mar. 14th, 2016|10:07 pm]
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I've tended to regard Peter Maxwell Davies as a Good Thing without really knowing his music. Listening to the radio news coverage of his death, I suspect I may have encountered something from his days as an enfant terrible before he mellowed into the Master of the Queen's Music (I paraphrase the BBC). Today they've been playing fragments of a very pretty, plaintive piece of piano music, and by the time I'd heard it a couple of times I was thinking "But surely that wants to be a fiddle tune?"

Thankyou, YouTube:

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[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2016-03-14 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's lovely. Elegaic.

Nine
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-03-15 09:43 am (UTC)
Yes - but it was written as a piece of agit-prop, which I also love.
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[User Picture]From: lamentables
2016-03-15 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm not a big PMD fan, but that's a piece I find beautiful. They've just mentioned on Radio 3 that the guitar version is on this morning's schedule.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-03-15 09:45 am (UTC)
I'd meant to add that there are, indeed, some fine guitar versions out there.

I begin to wonder whether the teaching of music at secondary school has simply given me an aversion to the piano.
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2016-03-15 11:09 am (UTC)
I do know and love his music although I'd admit it can be rather cerebral.

This is a lovely arrangement.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-03-15 11:24 am (UTC)
You are much more versed in classical music than ! am!
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2016-03-15 12:40 pm (UTC)
Have a listen to 'Orkney Sunrise' some time!
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