Pierre Boulez and now Peter Maxwell Davies

Pierre Boulez and now Peter Maxwell Davies

Who will be next? Boulez was probably the more influential of the two but Maxwell Davies was a major figure also. As far as my personal taste goes, I prefer Maxwell Davies’s music to Boulez’s (not to say that I don’t listen to Boulez). Some people might insist that they are both hard to listen to. Fair enough. But let’s not forget that Sir Peter could also write pieces like “Farewell to Stromness.” Can you imagine – in your wildest dreams – Boulez writing something like that?