British composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies died today 14th March. He is aged 81.
Following his death, Latin Mass Society paid tribute to the celebrated composer in a tweet saying:
“Peter Maxwell Davies was one of the greatest composers of our time.”
“His deep knowledge of early Catholic music was central to his work. #RIP,” the tweet added.
Davies was born in 8 September 1934, Salford, Lancashire in England. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2013 but continued to work through successive rounds of chemotherapy. He died in his home at Hoy, Orkney Islands on 14th March.
Sir Peter was known for his modern and avant-garde works, but his most famous piece was a simple, haunting lament for solo piano – Farewell To Stromness.
He was knighted in 1987 and from 2004 to 2014 held the post of Master of the Queen’s Music – a post considered to be the musical equivalent of the poet laureate.
Last month, Sir Peter was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal in recognition of “outstanding musicianship” – One of classical music’s highest honors.