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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Anakreontika (1976)
Text Writer
in the style of Anakreon
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
mezzo soprano

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Peter Maxwell Davies Anakreontika (1976)
A Mediterranean, erotic postlude to a time when Davies had been much occupied with setting the Orkney poetry of George Mackay Brown. The voice, though, is the same. The mezzo part is wide-ranging and melismatic, and the ensemble plays music that is at once luminous and questioning, memorialized and urgently communicative. Five short songs are woven together with instrumental commentaries into a single movement.

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