Sunday, August 26, 2007

Peter Maxwell Davies in 1973

Before he was a knight, he was a Mad King. I snapped this photo of Peter Maxwell Davies in 1973 at Tanglewood, where he was a composer in residence, and I was a teenager fascinated by "Eight Songs for a Mad King." I found this today while going through a bunch of old photos.


Lisa Hirsch said...

That is one great photo.

I have "Eight Songs for a Mad King" on LP, undoubtedly the same performance you have - on Nonesuch? I think I haven't listened to it since the 1970s, though.

Anonymous said...

I haven't forgotten this photo since that day I first saw it!

Anonymous said...

I will never forget the first (and lementably last) performance I heard of "Eight Songs." God only knows what the audience was feeling beforehand, but I will never forget their audible gasps when the work's climax arrived and no one had noticed the violinist switching his precious Montagnana for a crappy cigar-box fiddle.

True music-drama.

Roll over, Wagner.