The persistence of parody in the music of Peter Maxwell Davies

McGregor, Richard (2008) The persistence of parody in the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. In: Elliott, Kenneth, (ed.) Proceedings from the 2005 and 2006 Musica Scotica Conferences. The Musica Scotica Trust, Glasgow, pp. 73-83.

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In this article I take to task the uncritical use of terminology in relation to the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. Though my generating text is the quotation from John Warnaby’s 1990 doctoral thesis: "Since parody is implied in the notion of using pre-existing material as a creative model, it can be argued that, as traditionally understood, it is rarely absent from Maxwell Davies’s music". This is in no wise a criticism of Warnaby for whom I have much respect, and especially his ability to be able to perceive patterns, trends and unifying features between works and across extended periods of time. Rather, it is a commentary on particular aspects of Davies’s music which are often linked together under the catch-all term ‘parody’.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: The Musica Scotica Trust
ISBN: 0954886534
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Secondary PGCE
Additional Information: Originally presented as a paper at the 2005 University of Glasgow Musica Scotia Conference. This item has been deposited with kind permission from Musica Scotica. A powerpoint is available for this lecture and can be obtained for personal use on application to the respective author.
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 11:37
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 19:45


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