Max & Mick: the partnership of Peter Maxwell Davies and Randolph Stow

Richards, Fiona (2018). Max & Mick: the partnership of Peter Maxwell Davies and Randolph Stow. The Musical Times, 159(1943) pp. 25–38.

Abstract

While Davies’s music has been examined from a number of different perspectives, Stow, his creative partner for two iconic musical theatre works, has remained a somewhat shadowy figure with regard to the composer. This is despite his position as a fine novelist and poet, one of the major figures in Australian literature of the twentieth century. Stow created the text for two pieces, Eight Songs for a Mad King in 1969 and Miss Donnithorne's Maggot in 1974. This article therefore focuses on aspects of Stow’s life and work in the context of his partnership with Davies in order to give a better sense of the brief but significant relationship between musician and wordsmith.

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