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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Il Rozzo Martello (1997),
commissioned by the International Musicological Conference
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1997
Duration
12 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
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Programme Note
Peter Maxwell Davies Il Rozzo Martello (1997),
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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Performances
Date
Title
  • 20 AUG 2011
    Proms 2011
    Cadogan Hall, London
    BBC Singers
    David Atherton, conductor

Reviews
Electrifying...a fine example of the way Maxwell Davies bottles up powerful feelings in lean and angular counterpoint.
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph,8/22/2011
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