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Three Voluntaries (III. All Sons of Adam)

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Uploaded by: Luca_Massaglia (02/24/14)
Composer: Davies, Peter Maxwell
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Caen - St. Etienne Cavaillé Coll
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Contemporary
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Luca Massaglia (http://www.lucamassaglia.com/) plays "All Sons of Adam" - after an anonymous sixteenth-century motet (no. 3 from "Three Organ Voluntaries") by Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934).

In 1970, Davies took a holiday in the Orkneys, where, by chance, he met the writer George Mackay Brown.
In his autobiography, "For the Islands I Sing", Mackay Brown recorded his first impressions of Davies: "The young dark composer - Beethoven in his 20s might have looked like him - told us he was looking for a house to compose in, as far away as possible from London... Did he guess at the loveliness under the wrappings of rain and fog? The boom and hush and echo of the sea were everywhere".
On Hoy, one of the Orkneys, Davies found the home he was lacking (his Dorset cottage had burned down in 1969). He also found a surrogate family in Mackay Brown's great friends, Archie and Elizabeth Bevan, who lived in Stromness and later helped Davies overcome local opposition to an incomer founding a festival. They became Davies' local support system, just as Judy Arnold and her husband Michael, who managed his financial affairs, looked after the rest of his life.
Davies dedicated his "Three Organ Voluntaries" to Elizabeth Bevan.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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