Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 2027 Add MS 71252-71445
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000055.0x000294
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English German Latin Italian
  • Physical Description
      194 volumes

Scope and Content

Music manuscripts of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934); [1942?]-1992. Autograph, except where stated.

Dates not derived from the manuscripts are taken principally from the work-list in Stanley Sadie (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), vol. 5, and Colin Bayliss, The Music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: an annotated catalogue (Beverley, 1991). Numbers preceded by the letter J noted against the title of each work were first published in Bayliss’s Catalogue, but are here cited in a later revision as used in Carolyn J. Smith, Peter Maxwell Davies: a bio-bibliography (Westport, Connecticut, 1995). See also Richard E. McGregor, ‘The Maxwell Davies Sketch Material in the British Library’, Tempo no. 196 (April 1996), pp. 9-19 and no. 197 (July 1996), pp. 20-22. Dates of editions cited are taken from The Catalogue of Printed Music in the British Library to 1980 and from the Current Music Catalogue of the British Library.


Arranged chronologically within the following groups:

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the composer, 8 Sept. 1993.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper. Various sizes.