Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher: Chester Music
Il Rozzo Martello (1997)
commissioned by the International Musicological Conference
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
A Michaelangelo sonnet lies at the heart of Il Rozzo Martello - a contemplation on the process of artistic creation and the role of inspiration within it, the sculptor's ‘crude hammer’; of the title, in Davies's words, ‘a pale echo of the creative efforts of exploring the same theme and similar imagery’;. This introduction is distinguished from the setting of Michaelangelo's text by adopting a plainsong style, although it builds to a climax with progressively rich harmony.
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