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Work: Eight Songs for a Mad King

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ComposerDavies, Sir Peter Maxwell (1934-2016)
Period20th century
Year1968
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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KuhmoOn the edge

Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, Nisinman, Davies
Kuhmo Chamber Soloists
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
****1
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Proms at... Wilton’s: Conference of the Birds

Marcus Farnsworth performs Eight Songs for a Mad King © BBC | Mark Allan
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group present an ambitious mixture of experimental chamber music and disquieting monodrama. 
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Hebrides Ensemble: Eight Songs for a Mad King

The Jam House is a jazz and blues club occupying the BBC’s former Queen Street Studios in Edinburgh. Now owned by Jools Holland and designer Neil Tabbitt, its spacious Georgian interior is occasionally given over to theatrical and musical events.
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