Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs For A Mad King (Vocal Score)

Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs For A Mad King (Vocal Score)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Male Voice, Piano Accompaniment (VCE/PFA)
Skill Level: Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies
Catalogue #: M060116575


The poems which form the basis of this work were inspired by a miniature mechanical organ playing eight tunes, once the property of George III. A scrap of paper sold with it explains that 'This Organ was George the Third for Birds to sing'.

Peter Maxwell Davies then set these poems to music and devised them as a semi-theatrical work for Male Vocalist, Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, and Percussion. The songs are to be understood as the King's monologue while listening to his birds perform, and incorporate some sentences actually spoken by George III.
The resulting work, Eight Songs for a Mad King, was completed in 1969 and stands as one of the most distinctive, and arguably one of the most disturbing musical works from the twentieth century.

This is the vocal score which includes a Piano accompaniment.

Click on a song below to find all titles, including compilations, that contain it.
Country Dance
The Counterfeit
The Country Walk
The Lady-In-Waiting
The Phantom Queen
The Review
The Sentry
To Be Sung On The Water

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 24/06/2009
Format: Vocal Score
Length: Not specified
Language: English
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Arranger: Paul MacAlindin; Kelvin Thomas
Lyricist: Randolph Stow

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