The Fall of the Leafe
composer: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
for string orchestra
Premiere: 26 November 2004 · Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, UK · Scottish Chamber Orchestra · Rumon Gamba, conductor
Instrumentation: string orchestra
Orchestra Instrumentation: min. 18.104.22.168.2
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Duration: 8' 0''
Year of composition: 2004
Edition: study score
Series: Music Of Our Time
16 Pages - Saddle stitching
Order number: ED 12971
The Fall of the Leafe is based on a piece for virginal from the Fitzwilliam collection and is characterised by a descriptive descending scale which imitates leaves falling in autumn. The piece has further resonance for Maxwell Davies who lives in Orkney where there are very few trees so his opportunities to experience this time of year are confined to visits elsewhere in the country or his imagination.