A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Peter Maxwell Davies

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September 8, 1934: Peter Maxwell Davies is born in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Davies, a foreman at a firm producing optical instruments, and Hilda Howard, an amateur painter.
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October 11, 1949: Shangri-La for piano “by Max Davies of Swinton” (Peter Maxwell Davies (15)) is performed for the first time, on the BBC Children’s Hour originating in Manchester.
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March 4, 1950: Fantasy Suite no.1 by Peter Maxwell Davies (15) is performed for the first time, by the composer over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester.
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May 17, 1950: Three pieces for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (15) are performed for the first time, by the composer over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester: Spring Pastorale, Fantasy Suite no.2 and Das ausgebildete Geschöpf.
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September 30, 1950: (Tale) in Seven Wags for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (16) is performed for the first time, by the composer over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester.
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June 30, 1951: Dance for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (16) is performed for the first time, by the composer over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester.
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July 12, 1951: Parade, a suite for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (16), is performed for the first time, by the composer over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester.
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April 28, 1952: Phantom of the Winds for violin and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (17) is performed for the first time, in Manchester City Hall, the composer at the keyboard.
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May 14, 1952: Three works by Peter Maxwell Davies (17) are performed for the first time, over the airwaves of the BBC originating in Manchester: Cameo, Ye Olde English Lullabye for violin and piano, the composer at the keyboard, and Alle Vogel sind schon da for celesta.
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February 1, 1955: Octet for woodwinds by Peter Maxwell Davies (20) is performed for the first time, in London.
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January 9, 1957: A Womb with a View for trombone, percussion, piano, and violin by Peter Maxwell Davies (22) is performed for the first time, as incidental music to a lecture by Dr. CEB Richard of the Department of Gynecology of Manchester University in the Large Anatomy Theatre of the medical school. The composer directs from the keyboard.
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July 20, 1957: Clarinet Sonata by Peter Maxwell Davies (22) is performed for the first time, in Darmstadt, the composer at the keyboard.
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August 8, 1957: Alma Redemptoris Mater for flute, oboe, two clarinets, horn, and bassoon by Peter Maxwell Davies (22) is performed for the first time, in The Great Hall, Dartington, Devon. Also premiered is Davies’ Sextet for flute, clarinet in A, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.
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April 25, 1959: Ricercar and Doubles on “To Many a Well” for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (24) is performed for the first time, at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
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June 10, 1959: Prolation for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (24) is performed for the first time, in Auditorium del Foro Italico, Rome.
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July 13, 1959: St. Michael Sonata for 17 winds by Peter Maxwell Davies (24) is performed for the first time, in the Town Hall of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, directed by the composer.
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November 17, 1959: Incidental music to Shakespeare’s play Richard II by Peter Maxwell Davies (25) is performed for the first time, in the Old Vic Theatre, London.
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February 3, 1960: Five Canons for school orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (25) is performed for the first time, in the Cirencester Grammar School Library, conducted by the composer.
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December 8, 1960: O Magnum Mysterium for chorus, organ, and instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (26) is performed for the first time, in Cirencester Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Gloucestershire, the composer conducting.
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February 26, 1961: Peter Maxwell Davies (26) appears in the BBC television program “Two Composers, Two Worlds” with Dudley Moore.
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October 25, 1961: Ave Maria, Hail Blessed Flower for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (27) to an anonymous Medieval English text is performed for the first time, in the Church of St. James, Picadilly.
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November 1, 1961: Te Lucis Ante Terminum for chorus and instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (27) to words of the Roman Missal is performed publicly for the first time, in the Parish of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester conducted by the composer.
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November 9, 1961: String Quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (27) is performed for the first time, at the BBC Maida Vale Studio, London.
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May 9, 1962: Sinfonia for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (27) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
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July 1, 1962: The Lord’s Prayer for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (27) is performed for the first time, in St. Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham the composer conducting.
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July 19, 1962: Leopardi Fragments, a cantata for soprano, alto, and several instruments by Peter Maxwell Davies (27), is performed for the first time, in Stationers’ Hall, London.
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September 13, 1962: First Fantasia on an In Nomine of John Taverner for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (28) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London the composer conducting.
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November 26, 1962: Four carols for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (28) to 15th century Latin words, are performed for the first time, in St. Pancras Town Hall, London: Carol on St. Stephen, Jesus autem hodie, Nowell, and Alma redemptoris mater.
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April 15, 1964: Peter Maxwell Davies (29) returns to Great Britain from a year and a half in the United States, where he studied with Roger Sessions (67), Milton Babbitt (47), and Earl Kim at Princeton University.
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July 10, 1964: Veni sancte spiritus for soprano, alto, bass, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (29) is performed for the first time, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
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December 8, 1964: Shakespeare Music for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (30) is performed for the first time, at the John Lewis Theatre, London. It was commissioned by the BBC for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
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March 1, 1965: Five Motets for solo voices, double chorus, and 16 players by Peter Maxwell Davies (30) is performed for the first time, in Friends’ House, London.
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April 30, 1965: Second Fantasia on Taverner’s In Nomine for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (30) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
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May 20, 1965: The Shepherd’s Calendar for young chorus and instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (30) to words of the Goliards is performed for the first time, in Sydney, Australia conducted by the composer.
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August 20, 1965: New works are performed for the first time, in Wardour Castle: Ecce manus tradentis for vocal soloists, chorus, seven winds, handbells, and harp by Peter Maxwell Davies (30) conducted by the composer, Tragoedia for wind quintet, string quartet, and harp with claves by Harrison Birtwistle (31) and four movements of Davies’ Seven in Nomine for ten players. See 3 December 1965.
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December 3, 1965: Seven In Nomine for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (31) is performed completely for the first time, at the Commonwealth Institute, London.
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April 5, 1966: Incidental music to Rhode’s play The Pagoda Fugue by Peter Maxwell Davies (31) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of the BBC Third Programme. The broadcast was pre-recorded on 27 January, and 1, 4, and 8 February at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios.
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December 11, 1966: Five Carols for children’s chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (32) is performed for the first time, in All Saints’ Church, London.
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May 30, 1967: Antechrist for piccolo, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (32) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the composer directing. Also premiered is Harrison Birtwistle’s (32) Monodrama for soprano, speaker, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion, conducted by the composer.
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July 15, 1967: Canon ad Honorem Igor Stravinsky for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (32) to words from the Book of Ezekiel is performed for the first time, in Cheltenham Town Hall. It was composed to celebrate the 85th birthday of Igor Stravinsky.
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July 17, 1967: Hymnos for clarinet and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (32) is performed for the first time, at Cheltenham Town Hall, Gloucestershire. Davies also conducts the premiere of Three Lessons in a Frame for piano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion by Harrison Birtwistle (33).
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February 26, 1968: Two works by Peter Maxwell Davies (33) are performed for the first time, in Conway Hall, London both conducted by the composer: the stage work Revelation and Fall after Trakl for soprano and 16 instruments, and L’homme armé to words from the Latin Mass and the Bible, for piccolo, flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, cello, and tape. See 28 September 1971.
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April 23, 1968: Stedman Doubles for clarinet and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (33) is performed for the first time, at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
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May 30, 1968: Stedman Caters for flute/piccolo, clarinet, harpsichord, viola, cello, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (33) is performed for the first time, in Purcell Room, London, the composer directing.
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January 13, 1969: Purcell: Fantasia and Two Pavans for flute, clarinet, harpsichord (or out of tune upright piano), violin, cello, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) is performed for the first time, in the BBC Concert Hall, London the composer conducting.
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April 22, 1969: Eight Songs for a Mad King, a stage work for male voice, piccolo, flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) to words of Stow, is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the composer conducting. Also premiered are works by eleven composers in honor of Dr. Alfred Kalmus, the director of Universal Edition, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. They are presented as A Garland for Dr. K. by the Pierrot Players and include Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium for piccolo, clarinet, viola, cello, piano, and bells by Harrison Birtwistle (34), conducted by the composer, Für Dr. K. no.28 for flute, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, tubular bells, violin, and cello by Karlheinz Stockhausen (40), conducted by Pierre Boulez (44), Pour le Dr Kalmus for flute, clarinet, viola, cello, and piano by Pierre Boulez, the composer conducting, Modification and Instrumentation of a Famous Hornpipe as a Merry and Altogether Sincere Homage to Uncle Alfred for flute, clarinet, percussion, harpsichord, viola, and cello by Luciano Berio (43), and Echos II de votre Faust for mezzo-soprano, flute, violoncello, and piano by Henri Pousseur (39). Also premiered is Birtwistle’s Linoi II for clarinet, piano, tape, and dancer. See 11 October 1968.
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June 2, 1969: St. Thomas Wake, foxtrot for orchestra on a pavan by John Bull by Peter Maxwell Davies (34), is performed for the first time, in Dortmund the composer conducting.
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June 19, 1969: Eram quasi agnus for seven winds, handbells, and harp by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London the composer conducting.
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June 23, 1969: Cauda Pavonis for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) after Schubert is performed for the first time, in the Little Theatre, Bath by the composer.
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June 25, 1969: Solita for flute and optional music box by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) is performed for the first time, in Lyons Hall of York University.
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August 28, 1969: Worldes Blis for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (34) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London the composer conducting.
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December 9, 1969: Vesalii icones for male dancer, cello, piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, basset horn, piano, percussion, and violin by Peter Maxwell Davies (35) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the composer conducting.
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January 13, 1970: Two new works are performed for the first time, in the Purcell Room, London: Sub tuam protectionem for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (35) and Eight Lessons for Keyboards by Harrison Birtwistle (35).
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May 31, 1970: Nocturnal Dances, a ballet for soprano, flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (35) is performed for the first time, at The Place, London. See 19 September 1970.
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August 10, 1970: Buxtehude: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet for soprano, flute, keyboard, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (35) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon conducted by the composer.
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September 19, 1970: A concert version of Peter Maxwell Davies’ (36) ballet Nocturnal Dances, is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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September 19, 1970: The Viola in My Life I for viola and orchestra by Morton Feldman (44) is performed for the first time, in London, conducted by Peter Maxwell Davies (36).
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January 19, 1971: Ut re mi for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (36) is performed for the first time, in the Purcell Room, London.
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February 20, 1971: Points and Dances from Peter Maxwell Davies’ (36) opera Taverner for small instrumental ensemble is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London the composer conducting. See 12 July 1972.
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March 12, 1971: Turris Campanarum Sonatium--The Bell Tower for solo metal percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (36) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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June 30, 1971: From Stone to Thorn for mezzo-soprano, basset horn, guitar, harpsichord, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (36) to words of Brown is performed for the first time, in Holywell Music Room, Oxford the composer conducting.
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September 28, 1971: Missa super L’homme armé for speaker, flute, piccolo, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) is performed for the first time, in Perugia, the composer conducting. See 26 February 1968.
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December 11, 1971: Two suites from film music by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) are performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London under the baton of the composer: The Devils for orchestra, and The Boy Friend for soprano and 13 instruments.
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February 1, 1972: Kontakion, a ballet with music by Tylman Susato arranged by Peter Maxwell Davies (37), is performed publicly for the first time, in London.
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March 28, 1972: Variations on A Happy Birthday for orchestra by Thea Musgrave (43), Peter Maxwell Davies (37), and four other British composers is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London. The variations are in honor of the 70th birthday of William Walton.
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April 6, 1972: On the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, two works in his honor are performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio 3 England: Threnody I (originally Threnody Igor Stravinsky: In memoriam) for flute and string trio by Aaron Copland (71), and Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky (recorded 20 March 1972) for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (37). See 17 June 1972.
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April 23, 1972: Fool’s Fanfare for male speaker, two trumpets, two trombones, ukulele, and two percussionists by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Southwark Cathedral, London, the composer conducting. Also premiered is Epilogue for baritone, horn, four trombones, and six tam-tams by Harrison Birtwistle (37) to words of Shakespeare.
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May 6, 1972: Dunstable: Veni Sancte Spiritus for alto flute, clarinet, keyboards, glockenspiel, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the composer conducting.
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May 29, 1972: Blind Man’s Buff, a masque for soprano, mezzo-soprano, mime, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) to his own words after nursery rhymes and Büchner, is performed for the first time, at Round House, London conducted by Pierre Boulez (47).
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June 17, 1972: New works by British composers in honor of Igor Stravinsky (†1) are performed for the first time, in St. John’s Smith Square, London on the 90th anniversary of Stravinsky’s birth: In memoriam Magistri for flute, clarinet, and string quartet by Michael Tippett (67), the first live performance of Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (37), and Tombeau in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet by Harrison Birtwistle (36). See 6 April 1972.
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July 12, 1972: Taverner, an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) to his own words, is performed for the first time, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Among the audience is Peter Sculthorpe (43).
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August 25, 1972: Tenebrae super Gesualdo for mezzo-soprano, guitar, and instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (37) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London the composer conducting.
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August 26, 1972: Music for a Silent Film for two pianos and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (37), Simon Bainbridge, and Oliver Knussen is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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September 18, 1972: Ara coeli: Lullaby for Ilian Rainbow for guitar by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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October 13, 1972: Two works by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) are performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Hymn to St. Magnus for flute, clarinet, keyboards, viola, cello, and percussion; and JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c# minor Book I for instrumental ensemble.
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November 17, 1972: Four Quartets for flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) after Guillaume de Machaut (†595), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of BBC Radio 3, conducted by the composer. The music, recorded on 2 November 1972, provides incidental music to a reading by Alec Guiness of Four Quartets by TS Eliot.
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November 22, 1972: Wedding Telegram (for Gary Kettel) for soprano and instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) to his own words is performed for the first time, at The Place, London conducted by the composer.
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November 24, 1972: An alternative version of Blind Man’s Buff, a masque for soprano, mezzo-soprano, mime, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) to his own words after nursery rhymes and Büchner, is performed for the first time, at The Place, London, conducted by the composer.
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March 17, 1973: Notre Dame des fleurs, a “mini-opera” for soprano, mezzo-soprano, counter-tenor, flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) to his own words, is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London the composer conducting. Also premiered is Davies’ Song of the Forest Bird after Wagner for flute/piccolo and celesta.
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July 24, 1973: Purcell: Fantasia upon One Note for flute, clarinet, harpsichord, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) is performed for the first time, in London the composer conducting.
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July 29, 1973: Two works by Peter Maxwell Davies (38) are performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon conducted by the composer: Renaissance Scottish Dances for flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cello, and percussion; and Si quis diligit me for alto flute, clarinet, celesta, crotales, viola, and cello.
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September 22, 1973: Stone Litany, Runes from a House for the Dead for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) to words of a Viking stone inscription on Orkney, is performed for the first time, in City Hall, Glasgow.
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November 14, 1973: Birthday Canon for Richard Hall’s 70th Birthday for wind quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) is performed for the first time, in Leeds University Great Hall. It is one of six pieces composed by Hall’s former students to celebrate the event. Another work is contributed by Alexander Goehr (41).
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February 20, 1974: All Sons of Adam for alto, flute, clarinet, celesta, guitar, marimba, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, directed by the composer.
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March 9, 1974: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, a stage work for soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) to words of Stow, is performed for the first time, in Adelaide conducted by the composer.
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May 3, 1974: Fiddler at the Wedding, a cycle for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, mandolin, guitar, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) to words of Brown is performed for the first time, in Salle Pleyel, Paris.
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July 28, 1974: Psalm 124 for flute, bass clarinet, glockenspiel, marimba, guitar, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon directed by the composer.
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July 31, 1974: Dark Angels, a cycle for mezzo-soprano and guitar by Peter Maxwell Davies (39) to words of Brown, is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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September 18, 1974: Nach Bergamo--Zur Heimat for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (40) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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November 27, 1974: JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major for flute, clarinet, harpsichord, marimba, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (40) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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May 2, 1975: Ave maris stella for flute, clarinet, piano, marimba, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (40) is performed for the first time, at the Theatre Royal in Bath.
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August 20, 1975: My Lady Lothian’s Lilte for mezzo-soprano and six players by Peter Maxwell Davies (40) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon the composer conducting.
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October 12, 1975: The Seven Brightnesses for clarinet by Peter Maxwell Davies (41) is performed for the first time, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia.
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October 15, 1975: Three Studies for percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (41) is performed for the first time, at Gosforth High School, Northumberland.
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February 20, 1976: The Blind Fiddler, a cycle for voice, flute, clarinet, keyboards, guitar, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (41) to words of Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, in Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh the composer directing.
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March 9, 1976: Two works for solo instruments by Peter Maxwell Davies (41) are performed for the first time, at the University of Surrey, Guilford: The Door of the Sun for viola, and The Kestrel Paced Round the Sun for flute.
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August 19, 1976: Kinloche His Fantassie for flute, clarinet, harpsichord, glockenspiel, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (41) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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September 17, 1976: Anakreontika for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, harpsichord, cello, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) to ancient Greek texts is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the composer directing.
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October 16, 1976: Five Klee Pictures for school orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, at St. John’s Smith Square, London.
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December 18, 1976: Ave Rex angelorum for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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March 23, 1977: A Mirror of Whitening Light for 14 players by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London the composer directing.
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April 25, 1977: Fiftieth Birthday Greeting for Ernst Widner for flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, in Salvador, Brazil the composer conducting.
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May 25, 1977: Westerlings for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, in an incomplete state, at Uppsala University. See 15 October 1977.
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June 18, 1977: The Martyrdom of St. Magnus, a chamber opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) to his own words after Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney the composer conducting.
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August 18, 1977: Our Father Whiche in Heaven Art for flute, clarinet, celesta, marimba, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (42) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon, the composer conducting.
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October 15, 1977: Westerlings for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) is performed completely for the first time, in the BBC Concert Hall, London. See 25 May 1977.
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November 6, 1977: Runes from a Holy Island for alto flute, clarinet, celesta, percussion, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) is performed for the first time, in a BBC broadcast originating in Edinburgh, conducted by the composer. See 6 September 1978.
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February 2, 1978: Symphony no.1 by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
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June 16, 1978: The Two Fiddlers, a children’s opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) to his own words after Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, in Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 18, 1978: Le jongleur de Notre Dame, a masque for mime, baritone, flute, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, violin, cello, and children’s band by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) to his own words, is performed for the first time, in Kirkwall, Orkney the composer conducting.
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August 23, 1978: Four Lessons for two keyboards by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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September 6, 1978: Runes from a Holy Island for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (43) is performed for the first time, in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, directed by the composer. See 6 November 1977.
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October 6, 1978: Dances from The Two Fiddlers for piccolo, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. See 16 June 1978.
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November 10, 1978: Salome, a ballet by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) to a scenario by Flindt, is performed for the first time, in the Circus Building, Copenhagen.
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March 16, 1979: An orchestral suite from the ballet Salomé by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
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June 16, 1979: Kirkwall Shopping Songs for children’s chorus, recorders, percussion, and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) to his own words, is performed for the first time, at Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 18, 1979: Solstice of Light for tenor, chorus, and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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July 31, 1979: Three Organ Voluntaries by Peter Maxwell Davies (44) are performed for the first time, in Vestervig Kirke, Denmark.
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June 20, 1980: A Welcome to Orkney for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, two string quartets, and double bass by Peter Maxwell Davies (45) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 21, 1980: Four new works by Peter Maxwell Davies (45) are performed for the first time, in Kirkwall, Orkney: The Yellow-Cake Revue, an anti-nuclear cabaret for singer/reciter and piano to words of the composer, Cinderella, a pantomime for children to words of the composer, Yesnaby Ground for piano, and Farewell to Stromness for piano. The composer is at the keyboard for all but Cinderella.
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September 2, 1980: The Lighthouse, a chamber opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (45) to his own words, is performed for the first time, at the Murray House Gymnasium, Edinburgh.
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February 26, 1981: Symphony no.2 by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston.
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May 23, 1981: Piano Sonata by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) is performed for the first time, in the Guildhall, Bath.
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May 30, 1981: The Bairns of Brugh for piccolo, bass clarinet, piano, marimba, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) is performed for the first time, in the Håkonshallen, Bergen.
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June 19, 1981: Lullaby for Lucy for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 20, 1981: The Rainbow, music-theatre for young children by Peter Maxwell Davies (46), is performed for the first time, in the Primary School, Stromness, Orkney. Also premiered is Davies’ incidental music to George Mackay Brown’s play The Well in the Arts Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney conducted by the composer.
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June 21, 1981: The Medium, a monodrama for mezzo-soprano solo by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) is performed for the first time, in the Academy Hall, Stromness, Orkney.
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July 25, 1981: Hill Runes for guitar by Peter Maxwell Davies (46) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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March 19, 1982: Brass Quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, privately in Morse Auditorium, Boston. See 20 March 1982.
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March 20, 1982: Brass Quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed publicly for the first time, in Town Hall, New York. See 19 March 1982.
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March 21, 1982: The Musical House that Max Built, a documentary about Peter Maxwell Davies (47), is shown for the first time, over London Weekend Television.
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May 11, 1982: Black Pentecost for baritone, mezzo-soprano, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
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June 19, 1982: Incidental music to George Mackay Brown’s play Bessie Millie’s Wind Shop by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in the Arts Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 21, 1982: Songs of Hoy for chorus, piano, recorders, guitar, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in Academy Hall, Stromness, Orkney.
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June 23, 1982: Organ Sonata by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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July 26, 1982: Little Quartet no.1 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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August 16, 1982: Sea Eagle for horn by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon.
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August 22, 1982: Image, Reflection, Shadow for flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, cimbalom, piano, violin, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (47) is performed for the first time, in the Municipal Theatre, Lucerne.
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December 13, 1982: Seven Songs Home for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in the Congress Hall of the Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
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January 25, 1983: The first two movements of Birthday Music for John for flute, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. See 13 October 1983.
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January 28, 1983: Nocturne for alto flute by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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May 23, 1983: Allegro vivace for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in Barbican Hall, London, 31 years after it was composed.
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June 18, 1983: Incidental music to Mackay Brown’s play Island of the Saints by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in the Arts Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 22, 1983: Into the Labyrinth for tenor and chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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August 12, 1983: Sinfonia concertante for wind quintet and chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London.
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August 18, 1983: Two arrangements for brass quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (48) are performed for the first time, in Dartington, Devon: Gesualdo: Two motets and March: The Pole Star .
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October 6, 1983: Sinfonietta accademica for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, in Reid Hall of the University of Edinburgh.
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October 13, 1983: Peter Maxwell Davies’ (49) Birthday Music for John for flute, viola, and cello is performed completely for the first time, in St. Mary’s Church, Swansea. See 25 January 1983.
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December 9, 1983: Tallis: Four Voluntaries arranged for brass quintet by Pater Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, in The Cloisters, New York.
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January 28, 1984: Tenebrae super Gesualdo for soprano and seven players by Peter Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, in St. James’, Picadilly, London.
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March 20, 1984: Peter Maxwell Davies’ (49) music theatre work The No. 11 Bus, to his own words, is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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June 1, 1984: Unbroken Circle for alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, privately, in Bath Assembly Rooms.
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June 8, 1984: Sonatine for violin and cimbalom by Peter Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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June 23, 1984: Agnus Dei for two sopranos, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (49) is performed for the first time, at the Almeida Theatre, London.
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November 30, 1984: Unbroken Circle for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (50), is performed publicly for the first time, at the Cultural Center, Rennes conducted by the composer. See 1 June 1984.
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December 24, 1984: Peter Maxwell Davies’ (50) choral work One Star, At Last is performed for the first time, in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
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January 2, 1985: Peter Maxwell Davies (50) delivers the Presidential Address at the North of England Education Conference. He blasts recent cuts in school music.
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February 19, 1985: Symphony no.3 by Peter Maxwell Davies (50) is performed for the first time, in Free Trade Hall, Manchester.
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May 10, 1985: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise for bagpipes and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (50) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston.
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August 18, 1985: The cantata The Peat Cutters for children’s choir, youth choir, and brass band by Peter Maxwell Davies (50) to his own words is performed for the first time, in Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
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November 12, 1985: First Ferry to Hoy for children’s chorus, children’s band, and ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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February 26, 1986: Excuse Me for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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June 21, 1986: Violin Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 22, 1986: Jimmack the Postie for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall, Orkney conducted by the composer.
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June 23, 1986: House of Winter for chorus and vocal sextet by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in East Church, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 23, 1986: Agnus Dei for two sopranos, viola, and cello by Peter Maxwell Davies (51) is performed for the first time, in Union Chapel, Islington, London.
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October 25, 1986: A Grace for voice(s) and instrument by Peter Maxwell Davies (52) is performed for the first time, in The Blossoms Hotel, Chester.
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November 16, 1986: Sea Runes for chorus and vocal sextet by Peter Maxwell Davies (52) is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York.
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December 31, 1986: It is announced that Peter Maxwell Davies (52) has been made a Knight Bachelor.
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January 20, 1987: Two chamber works by Peter Maxwell Davies (52) are performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London conducted by the composer: Dowland: Farewell-A Fancye for alto flute, bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano, and marimba, and Winterfold for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, bass clarinet, guitar, piano, viola, cello, and percussion to words of Brown. This is the farewell concert of The Fires of London, organized in May of 1967 as the Pierrot Players by Davies and Harrison Birtwistle (52).
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June 20, 1987: Guitar Sonata by Peter Maxwell Davies (52) is performed for the first time, in Town Hall, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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November 12, 1987: Little Quartet no.2 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (53) is performed for the first time, at St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.
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April 29, 1988: Strathclyde Concerto no.1 for oboe and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (53) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, the composer conducting.
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May 3, 1988: Mishkenot for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (53) is performed for the first time, in the BBC Concert Hall, London.
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September 18, 1988: Resurrection, an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (54) to his own words, is performed for the first time, in the Staatstheater, Darmstadt.
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September 21, 1988: A Trumpet Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies (54) is performed for the first time, in Yubin-Chokin Kaikan Hall, Hiroshima.
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February 1, 1989: Strathclyde Concerto no.2 for cello and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (54) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, the composer conducting.
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March 18, 1989: Der heisse Ofen, a comic opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (54), Hans Werner Henze (62), and others, is performed for the first time, at the Kassel Staatstheater.
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June 11, 1989: Hallelujah! The Lord God Almichtie for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (54) is performed for the first time, in St. Giles Church, Edinburgh.
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June 16, 1989: Peter Maxwell Davies’ (54) music-theatre piece The Great Bank Robbery is performed for the first time, in Kirkwall Arts Theatre, Orkney.
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June 18, 1989: Six Songs for St. Andrew’s, a song cycle for children and instruments by Peter Maxwell Davies (54) to his own words, is performed for the first time, in Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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September 10, 1989: Symphony no.4 for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London, the composer conducting.
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October 23, 1989: Threnody on a Plain Song for Michael Vyner for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) is performed for the first time, in the Glyndebourne Festival Theatre, the composer conducting.
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January 19, 1990: The Strathclyde Concerto no.3 for horn, trumpet, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow conducted by the composer.
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April 3, 1990: Jupiter Landing, a music theatre piece by Peter Maxwell Davies (55), is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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May 20, 1990: Tarantella for baritone and piano by Witold Lutoslawski (77) to words of Belloc is performed for the first time, in Purcell Room, London. Also premiered is Tractus Clausum et Reconditum for mezzo-soprano and guitar by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) to words of a 15th century legal document from Ferrara.
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June 25, 1990: Dangerous Errand, a music theatre piece by Peter Maxwell Davies (55), is performed for the first time, in Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall.
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July 4, 1990: Dinosaur at Large, a music theatre piece by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) to his own words, is performed for the first time, in Leeds Grammar School.
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November 21, 1990: Strathclyde Concerto no.4 for clarinet and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, conducted by the composer.
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December 21, 1990: Apple Basket: Apple Blossom for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in St. Alban’s, Highgate, Birmingham.
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March 6, 1991: Hymn to the Word of God for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) is performed for the first time, at King’s College, Cambridge.
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March 14, 1991: Caroline Mathilde, a ballet by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) to a scenario by Flindt, is performed for the first time, in the Kongelige Theater, Copenhagen. See 12 July 1991.
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June 1, 1991: Ojai Festival Overture by Peter Maxwell Davies (56), commissioned for the Ojai Music Festival, is performed for the first time, in Libby Park Bowl, Ojai, California directed by the composer.
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June 21, 1991: Incidental music to two plays by Mackay Brown by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) are performed for the first time, in the Arts Theatre, Kirkwall: The Road to Colonnus and Witch.
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June 25, 1991: The Spider’s Revenge, a music theatre by Peter Maxwell Davies (56), is performed for the first time, in the Orkney Arts Theatre, Kirkwall.
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July 6, 1991: The Lagavulin of Riberac for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (56) is performed for the first time, in London by the composer.
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July 12, 1991: Caroline Mathilde: Concert Suite from Act I of the Ballet by Peter Maxwell Davies (55) is performed for the first time, in Town Hall, Cheltenham conducted by the composer. See 14 March 1991.
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November 7, 1991: Two works are performed for the first time, in BBC Concert Hall, London: First Grace of Light for oboe by Peter Maxwell Davies (57), and An Interrupted Endless Melody for oboe and piano by Harrison Birtwistle (57).
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December 11, 1991: Strathclyde Concerto no.5 for violin, viola, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (57) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, conducted by the composer.
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March 13, 1992: Two works by Peter Maxwell Davies (57) are performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, the composer conducting: Strathclyde Concerto no.6 for flute and orchestra, and Ban: Vanitas arranged for string orchestra.
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June 19, 1992: A Selkie Tale, a music theatre piece by Peter Maxwell Davies (57) is performed for the first time, in the Orkney Arts Theatre, Kirkwall.
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September 22, 1992: Sir Charles his Pavan for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (58) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester the composer conducting.
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October 6, 1992: Caroline Mathilde: Concert Suite from Act II of the Ballet by Peter Maxwell Davies (58) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London the composer conducting.
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November 24, 1992: Strathclyde Concerto no.7 for double bass and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (58) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, the composer conducting.
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February 12, 1993: The Turn of the Tide for orchestra with children’s chorus and instrumentalists by Peter Maxwell Davies (58) is performed for the first time, in Lightfoot Center, Newcastle.
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June 18, 1993: Seven Summer Songs, a cycle for children’s voices by Peter Maxwell Davies (58) to his own words, is performed for the first time, at Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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September 24, 1993: Two Dances from Caroline Mathilde for flute and harp by Peter Maxwell Davies (59), is performed for the first time, in City Hall, Thurso.
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November 24, 1993: Two works by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) are performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow, the composer conducting: Strathclyde Concerto no.8 for bassoon and orchestra, and A Spell for Green Corn: The MacDonald Dances .
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November 30, 1993: Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, at Balliol College, Oxford.
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March 15, 1994: A Hoy Calendar for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, at St. Edward’s College, Liverpool.
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March 16, 1994: Chat Moss for school orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, at St. Edward’s College, Liverpool.
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May 25, 1994: Shepherds of Hoy for children’s chorus and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (59), is performed for the first time, at Sotheby’s, London.
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June 18, 1994: Cross Lane Fair for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney the composer conducting.
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August 9, 1994: Symphony no.5 by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London the composer conducting.
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August 30, 1994: Carolísima for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (59) is performed for the first time, privately at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh for the 50th birthday of Carol Høgel conducted by the composer. See 5 May 1995.
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October 1, 1994: Birthday Greeting for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed for the first time, in Free Trade Hall, Manchester to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
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November 6, 1994: Mercurius for chorus and crotales by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed for the first time, in Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.
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February 10, 1995: Strathclyde Concerto no.9 for woodwinds and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Gloucester, the composer conducting.
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April 3, 1995: The Beltane Fire, a choreographic poem for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (60), is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston, conducted by the composer.
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May 5, 1995: Carolísima for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed publicly for the first time, in City Halls, Gloucester conducted by the composer. See 30 August 1994.
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June 12, 1995: Time and the Raven for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed for the first time, in Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, conducted by the composer.
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June 20, 1995: Thaw for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (60) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney conducted by the composer.
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October 15, 1995: The Three Kings for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (61) is performed for the first time, in Barbican Hall, London.
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November 16, 1995: Stedman Doubles by Peter Maxwell Davies (61), is performed for the first time, in the original version for clarinet and three percussionists, at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, 39 years after it was composed. See 23 April 1968.
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April 28, 1996: Reliqui Domum meum for organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (61) is performed for the first time, in Kirkwall East Church, Orkney.
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June 22, 1996: Symphony no.6 by Peter Maxwell Davies (61) is performed for the first time, in the Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall, Orkney the composer conducting.
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July 10, 1996: The Doctor of Myddfai, an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (61) to words of Pountney, is performed for the first time, in the North Wales Theatre, Llandudno.
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September 10, 1996: Midhouse Air for violin and viola by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, in Hoy Kirk, Orkney. Also premiered is Davies’ Joey’s Tune for clarinet, bassoon, horn, and violin.
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October 30, 1996: Strathclyde Concerto no.10: Concerto for Orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow conducted by the composer.
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November 16, 1996: Throstle’s Nest Junction for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
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March 15, 1997: Mavis in Las Vegas for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester conducted by the composer.
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April 23, 1997: Piccolo Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham conducted by the composer.
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May 11, 1997: Job, an oratorio by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) to words of Lemon after Mitchell’s translation of the Book of Job, is performed for the first time, in Chan Center for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
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June 23, 1997: A Birthday Card for Hans for mezzo-soprano and ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) to words of da Ponte is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. It was composed to celebrate the 70th birthday of Hans Werner Henze (70).
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July 25, 1997: Orkney Saga I: Fifteen keels laid in Norway for Jerusalem-farers for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London the composer conducting.
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August 14, 1997: Il Rozzo Martello for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (62) to words of Dante and Michelangelo is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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October 15, 1997: The Jacobite Rising for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in City Halls, Glasgow the composer conducting.
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October 23, 1997: Orkney Saga II: In Kirkwall, the first red Saint Magnus Stones for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in New Broadcasting House, Manchester conducted by the composer.
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November 7, 1997: Concerto for piano and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.
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December 23, 1997: Peter Maxwell Davies (63) arrives at the Rothera Research Station where he will stay one month in preparation to compose an “Antarctic” symphony. The work is commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the British Antarctic Survey.
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May 7, 1998: A Reel of Seven Fishermen for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
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May 13, 1998: Maxwell’s Reel, with Northern Lights for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in Barbican Hall, London conducted by the composer.
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June 21, 1998: Mrs. Linklater’s Tune for violin by Peter Maxwell Davies (63) is performed for the first time, in Stromness, Orkney.
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November 27, 1998: Swinton Jig for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, at York University conducted by the composer.
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November 30, 1998: Musis Aurora Benigna for brass by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, at the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
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December 3, 1998: Sea Elegy for solo voice, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh the composer conducting.
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December 6, 1998: An Orkney Tune for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, in Collins Performing Arts Center, Rochester, New York.
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January 14, 1999: Peter Maxwell Davies (64) receives an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Salford.
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February 17, 1999: Orkney Saga III: An Orkney wintering. Stone poems in Orkahowe: “great treasure...” for alto saxophone and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, at the University of Warwick, conducted by the composer.
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February 25, 1999: Quintet for trumpet and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, in Mitchell Hall of the University of Aberdeen.
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March 28, 1999: Two movements of Litany--for a ruined chapel between sheep and shore for trumpet by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) are performed for the first time, at the Royal Academy of Music, London. See 23 June 1999.
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May 17, 1999: Temenos, with Mermaids and Angels for flute and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin the composer conducting.
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June 20, 1999: Wedding Anthem for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) to his own words is performed for the first time, in St. Rognvald’s Chapel of St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 21, 1999: Songs of Sanday, a cycle for children’s voices and ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) to words of Thorne, is performed for the first time, in the Arts Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 23, 1999: Litany--for a ruined chapel between sheep and shore for trumpet by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed completely for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney. See 28 March 1999.
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July 21, 1999: Spinning Jenny for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (64) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London conducted by the composer.
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October 2, 1999: Song for Roderick for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) to his own words is performed for the first time, in Lyons Hall of York University.
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January 2, 2000: Two works are performed for the first time, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London: Sonance 2000 for brass by Harrison Birtwistle (65), and Jubilate Deo for chorus, brass and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (65).
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May 2, 2000: Concerto for horn and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) is performed for the first time, at the Barbican Center, London conducted by the composer. He also conducts the premiere of his Roma Amor for orchestra.
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June 16, 2000: Mr. Emmet Takes a Walk, an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) to words of Pountney, is performed for the first time, in Pickaquoy Center, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 17, 2000: Orkney Saga V: Westerly Gale in Biscay, Salt in the Bread Broken for chorus and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) is performed for the first time, in the Pickaquoy Center, Kirkwall, Orkney the composer conducting.
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June 19, 2000: Symphony no.7 by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) is performed for the first time, in the Pickaquoy Center, Kirkwall, Orkney, the composer conducting.
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June 21, 2000: Grand Oratorio: The Meaning of Life for male chorus, castanets, and tambourine by Peter Maxwell Davies (65) to his own words is performed for the first time, in the Albert Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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October 4, 2000: A Glass of Frontignac for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, at the Chateau Yaldara Winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
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October 17, 2000: Una Balena Azzura for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, at the Pieve dell’Assunta, Cavalese, Trentino.
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January 25, 2001: Dove, Star-Folded for string trio by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, at the memorial service for Sir Steven Runciman at St. Columba’s Church, London.
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February 2, 2001: Peter Maxwell Davies (66) receives an honorary Doctor of Music from Hull University.
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March 31, 2001: A Dream of Snow for children’s voices by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, at The Maltings, Farnham.
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May 6, 2001: Antarctic Symphony (Symphony no.8) by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London, the composer conducting.
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June 23, 2001: Lux in Tenebris for double bass by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Church, Birsay, Orkney.
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July 6, 2001: Canticum Canticorum for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, in the Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg.
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August 31, 2001: High on the Slopes of Terror for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (66) is performed for the first time, in Central Hall, Edinburgh.
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October 27, 2001: Schools Music Association Grace II for four voices by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) to anonymous 16th century words is performed for the first time, at Lloyds TSB Management Training Center, Solihull.
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February 15, 2002: Veni Creator Spiritus for organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in Rochester Cathedral.
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February 18, 2002: Veni Creator Spiritus for flute and bass clarinet by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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February 22, 2002: Two Songs for Firth School for unison voices and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, at the opening of the new Firth School at Finstown, Orkney. The words were created as a collaboration by the composer, the headmaster of the school, John Moar, and the children of the school, who perform the premiere.
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March 6, 2002: Crossing Kings Reach for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London conducted by the composer.
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March 9, 2002: Peter Maxwell Davies (67) receives the 2002 Distinguished Musician Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
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May 10, 2002: De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Library, Copenhagen.
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May 19, 2002: Pentecostal Mass for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in Westminster Cathedral, London.
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May 20, 2002: Linguae Ignis: For Pentecost for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in Florence.
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May 25, 2002: Two works are performed for the first time, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Economies of Scale for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (67), and Symmetry disorders reach op.73 for piano by Alexander Goehr (69).
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June 19, 2002: Mrs. Johnson’s Tunes for recorders and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in Community Hall, Sanday, Orkney.
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June 21, 2002: Incidental music to Plater’s play Barriers by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney.
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June 24, 2002: Six Sanday Tunes for children’s fiddle group by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in the Community Hall, Sanday, Orkney.
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June 26, 2002: A Glass of Shiraz for instrumental ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (67) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney.
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October 23, 2002: Naxos Quartet no.1 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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October 30, 2002: A Calendar of Kings for vocal quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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January 26, 2003: Piano Trio: Voyage to a Fair Isle by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in the Kongsberg Kirke, Kongsberg, Norway.
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March 18, 2003: Missa Parvula for treble chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in Westminster Cathedral.
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June 22, 2003: Seven Skies of Winter for flute/alto flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, bassoon, and double bass by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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July 11, 2003: Naxos Quartet no.2 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (68) is performed for the first time, in the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.
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October 15, 2003: Naxos Quartet no.3 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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January 17, 2004: Two works for chorus to words from the Liber Usualis by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) are performed for the first time, at Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset: Dum Complerentur and Veni Sancte Spiritus .
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February 3, 2004: Angelus for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) to medieval Italian words is performed for the first time, in the Church of St. Giles Cripplegate, London.
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March 7, 2004: Buckingham Palace announces that Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is named Master of the Queen’s Music for a ten year term.
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April 4, 2004: Otter Island for children’s chorus and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) to his own words is performed for the first time, at the United Reform Church, Enfield, London.
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April 19, 2004: Telos 135 for four trumpets and two timpani by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in London.
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May 30, 2004: Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis--The Edinburgh Service for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.
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June 11, 2004: Fanfare for Carinthia for four trumpets by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, at the Carinthian Summer Festival, Austria.
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June 22, 2004: Seven Skies of Winter for five instruments by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus’ Cathedral, Orkney.
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July 12, 2004: Archangelus Michael for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) to words of the Liber Usualis is performed for the first time, in Tewksbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.
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July 12, 2004: Judas Mercator for trombone by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London.
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August 20, 2004: Naxos Quartet no.4: Children’s Games for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in the Chapel of the Royal Palace, Oslo.
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August 28, 2004: Hymn to Artemis Locheia for clarinet and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (69) is performed for the first time, in the Schweizerhof Hotel, Lucerne.
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September 7, 2004: The Kestral Road for chorus and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, at the City of London School to celebrate the 70th birthday of the composer, which takes place tomorrow.
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October 14, 2004: Step by Circle for chorus and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in St. Giles Cripplegate, London.
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October 20, 2004: Naxos Quartet no.5 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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November 26, 2004: The Fall of the Leafe for string orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.
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January 2, 2005: Lullay, my child, and weep no more for soprano, chorus, and organ or piano ad lib by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to an anonymous 15th century text is performed for the first time, at the Chapel Royal, London.
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February 25, 2005: O Verbum Patris for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to words of Hildegard von Bingen is performed for the first time, in Guilford Cathedral.
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April 17, 2005: The South Bank Centre, London begins a series of concerts, films, and lectures in celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies (70).
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April 18, 2005: Military March for nine players by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, at the Royal Academy of Music.
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April 24, 2005: A Dance on the Hill for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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April 26, 2005: Naxos Quartet no.6 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, in the Purcell Room, London.
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May 18, 2005: St. Bartholomew’s Prayer for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to words from the Liber Usualis is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus’ Cathedral, Orkney.
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June 6, 2005: Commemoration Sixty for chorus and orchestra with brass band and trumpets ad lib by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, in Central Hall, Westminster, London conducted by the composer. The work was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal British Legion, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Also premiered is Davies’ Beacons of Hope for military band.
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June 21, 2005: Backaskail March and Cross kirk for school string orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) is performed for the first time, in the Community Hall, Sanday, Orkney. See 21 June 2006.
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July 8, 2005: Suscipe Quaesumus, for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (70), is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney.
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July 10, 2005: The Light of the Lord for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (70) to words of the Bible is performed for the first time, in Westminster Abbey in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. The work commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
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October 19, 2005: Naxos Quartet no.7 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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November 5, 2005: Prayer of Thanksgiving in Times of Terror by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) to words of the Earl of Northampton, is performed for the first time, in Waltham Abbey, Essex. It commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.
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November 23, 2005: Laudate Dominum for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) to Psalm 150 is performed for the first time.
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December 25, 2005: Carol: An Heavenly Song for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) to an anonymous medieval text is performed for the first time, in the Chapel Royal, London.
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March 10, 2006: Naxos Quartet no.8 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, at Canterbury Christ Church University.
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April 23, 2006: The central section of The Golden Rule for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor to celebrate the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. See 27 September 2006.
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June 3, 2006: Hymn to St. Ursula for bassoon, A clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, at a wedding in Edinburgh.
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June 21, 2006: Start Point for string ensemble by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed completely for the first time, in Sanday, Orkney. See 21 June 2005.
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July 5, 2006: Lumen Cognitionis for flute, clarinet, and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, in Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.
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July 19, 2006: A Little Birthday Music for children’s chorus, brass, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (71) is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London.
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September 27, 2006: The Golden Rule for chorus and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (72) is performed completely for the first time, at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. See 23 April 2006.
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October 18, 2006: Naxos Quartet no.9 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (72) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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October 19, 2006: Kettletoft Inn for Northumbrian bagpipes, english horn, and string quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (72) is performed for the first time, at Sage Gateshead.
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May 4, 2007: A Little Trowie Music for six cellos by Peter Maxwell Davies (72) is performed for the first time, in Haden Freeman Concert Hall, Manchester.
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June 27, 2007: The Seas of Kirk Swarf for bass clarinet and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (72) is performed for the first time, in Kirkwall, Orkney.
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August 26, 2007: Peter Maxwell Davies (72) receives the Premio del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana for lifetime achievement in the arts.
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October 16, 2007: Naxos Quartet no.10 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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October 18, 2007: Tondo di Michelangelo for baritone and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, at the Martin Harris Center, Manchester University.
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December 25, 2007: Carol: The Yule-tide Bell for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, at St. James’ Palace, London.
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June 15, 2008: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in Wells Cathedral.
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June 22, 2008: Sonata for violin and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in Stromness Town Hall, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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June 23, 2008: String Trio by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.
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July 10, 2008: Sonata for cello and piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in Siena.
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July 13, 2008: Piano Quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.
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July 23, 2008: Last Door of Light for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (73) is performed for the first time, in the Stiftskirche, Ossiach, Austria.
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November 9, 2008: The Five Acts of Harry Pa tch for two vocal soloists and chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) is performed for the first time, in Portsmouth Cathedral.
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November 15, 2008: Manacus Super “Dona Nobis” for trumpet, timpani, and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) is performed for the first time, in St. James’ Church, Piccadilly, London.
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November 23, 2008: A Birthday Card for Prince Charles for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (74), to celebrate the 60th birthday of Prince Charles, is performed for the first time, at Buckingham Palace.
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December 13, 2008: Hymn to the Spirit of Fire for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) to words of Hildegard von Bingen is performed for the first time, in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
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December 14, 2008: Carol: Kings and Shepherds for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) is performed for the first time, in the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London.
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June 13, 2009: The Sorcerer’s Mirror for chorus and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) to words of Motion is performed for the first time, in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. It was commissioned to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University.
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July 1, 2009: Sanday Places for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) is performed for the first time, in St Mary-le-Bow Church, London.
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August 22, 2009: Violin Concerto no.2 “Fiddler on the Shore” by Peter Maxwell Davies (74) is performed for the first time, in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, conducted by the composer.
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October 13, 2009: The Last Island for string sextet by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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October 29, 2009: Overture: St. Francis of Assisi for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, in Glasgow City Hall.
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January 6, 2010: Ave Plena Gracia for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, at the Chapel Royal, London.
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January 29, 2010: Sea Orpheus for piano, flute, violin, and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, in the Modlin Center, University of Richmond, Virginia.
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April 30, 2010: Blake Dreaming for baritone and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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June 20, 2010: Proverb for chorus and strings by Peter Maxwell Davies (75) is performed for the first time, in the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney.
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October 6, 2010: Nocturne no.1 for piano quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (76) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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November 21, 2010: Two works are performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London: Nocturne no.2 for piano quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (76), and Crescent Moon over the Irrational for instrumental ensemble by Harrison Birtwistle (76).
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December 12, 2010: Fleecy Care Carol for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (76) is performed for the first time, in the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London.
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March 18, 2011: Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!), an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies (76) to words of Pountney, is performed for the first time, at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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May 30, 2011: Hadrian’s Villa, Hadrian’s Wall for Northumbrian pipes, piano, and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (76) is performed for the first time, in Bath.
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September 10, 2011: Musica Benevolens for orchestra, chorus, military trumpets and audience participation by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) to anonymous medieval words is performed for the first time, in Royal Albert Hall, London on the last night of the Proms.
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September 15, 2011: A Reel of Spindrift, Sky for youth orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) is performed for the first time, in Saad Palace, Erbil, Iraq. The dedication reads, "For Paul MacAlindin and the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and dedicated to HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton on the occasion of their marriage"
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November 1, 2011: Stormwatch, Stormfall for horn trio by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) is performed for the first time, in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, British Columbia.
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January 6, 2012: Child of the Manger for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) to words of MacDonald and the Bible is performed for the first time, in the Chapel Royal.
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June 9, 2012: Symphony no.9 by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) is performed for the first time, in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
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June 18, 2012: Bist du bei mir…oder? for piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) is performed for the first time, at Shoreditch Church.
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July 14, 2012: A Postcard from Sanday by piano by Peter Maxwell Davies (77) is performed for the first time, in Mainz.
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September 13, 2012: Concerto Accademico for string orchestra and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) is performed for the first time, in Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna.
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September 26, 2012: The Whispering Gallery for chorus and organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (78), to words of Motion, is performed for the first time, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
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October 7, 2012: In a Wintered Byre for chorus and organ ad. lib. by Peter Maxwell Davies (78), to words of George Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, at the Chapel Royal to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
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December 5, 2012: Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome for winds, brass, and percussion by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) is performed for the first time, at the Barbican, London.
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January 13, 2013: A Winter Lamb for chorus by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) to words of George Mackay Brown is performed for the first time, in the Chapel Royal.
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March 23, 2013: Six Sorano Variants for viola by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) are performed for the first time, in the Erin Arts Centre during the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.
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June 21, 2013: Oboe Quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) is performed for the first time, in St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney.
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June 23, 2013: Capstone for organ by Peter Maxwell Davies (78) is performed for the first time, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
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November 8, 2013: Concert Overture: Ebb of Winter for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is performed for the first time, in Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.
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November 9, 2013: Concert Overture: Ebb of Winter for chamber orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is performed for the first time, in Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.
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November 30, 2013: Fanfare; Saffron Walden for two horns, two trumpets, trombone, and bass trombone by Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is performed for the first time, to celebrate the opening of Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex.
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January 1, 2014: Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List.
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February 2, 2014: Symphony no.10 “Alla ricerca di Borromini” for baritone, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (79), to anonymous words and words of Leopardi and Borromini, is performed for the first time, at the Barbican Centre, London.
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March 18, 2014: Monument for Beethoven for chorus by John Tavener (†0) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London. Also premiered is A Wall of Music for organ, brass, and children’s choir by Peter Maxwell Davies (79), to words of Shapcott.
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May 19, 2014: Trojan Games after Book V of Virgil’s Aeneid for orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is performed for the first time, in Teatro Goldoni, Florence.
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July 22, 2014: Peter Maxwell Davies (79) is made a Companion of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He simultaneously ends his term as Master of the Queen’s Music.
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October 7, 2014: Sonata for violin alone by Peter Maxwell Davies (80) is performed for the first time, in Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice.
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March 3, 2015: Military March no.2 for string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (80) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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March 18, 2015: String Quintet by Peter Maxwell Davies (80) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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June 20, 2015: Sonatina for violin by Peter Maxwell Davies (80) is performed for the first time
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August 22, 2015: A Sea of Cold Flame for baritone, cello, and string quartet by Peter Maxwell Davies (80) to words of George Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, in St. Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough.
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January 15, 2016: A Torrent of Gold for female voices by Peter Maxwell Davies (81), to words of George Mackay Brown, is performed for the first time, at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex.
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February 20, 2016: Peter Maxwell Davies (81) is awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal
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March 11, 2016: Fanfare: Portsmouth for brass by Peter Maxwell Davies (81) is performed for the first time, in New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.
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March 14, 2016: Peter Maxwell Davies dies of leukemia at his home in Sanday, Orkney, United Kingdom, aged 81 years, six months, and six days.
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March 18, 2016: The coffin bearing the earthly remains of Peter Maxwell Davies is towed on a trailer by a tractor from his cottage to the graveyard on the island of Sanday in Orkney.  According to his wishes there is no service, but those attending bring champagne, which they open as the coffin is lowered.
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June 26, 2016: The Hogboon, a children's opera for solo voices, children's chorus, chorus, and orchestra by Peter Maxwell Davies (†0) is performed for the first time, in the Barbican Centre, London.