Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher: Chester Music
Apple Basket: Apple Blossom (1990)
commissioned by the BBC
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Written for the BBC Singers, this piece requires a high level of choral expertise in its rhythms, intricate textures (though nearly always in four parts), wide-ranging vocal lines and characteristically dark but luminous harmony, impregnated with tritones and seconds. Not for the first time, Davies and George Mackay Brow follow the Stations of the Cross, though the fourteen sections are joined into a continuous slow-fast-slow musical movement, and the references to the events of Holy Week are oblique.
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