Massive losses in all round the music industry today as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has died age 81
Notorious for his modern and avant-garde works, with Return to Stromness being one of his most notable works as a ‘haunting lament’ for solo piano.
"He was right to the end a pioneer,"
Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director of music agency Intermusica.
Known for pushing musical boundaries, Sir Peter's earlier works generated much controversy and had been described as unplayable.
He composed over 300 works during his career, which include symphonies and operas.
1978- Sir Peter was knighted,
2004- Became Master of the Queen's Music - a post considered to be the musical equivalent of the poet laureate.
2014- New Year Honours List he was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for "services to music".
2016- Last month, he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal.
"Max was a truly unique musician,"
said Sally Groves, a close friend and former creative director of sheet music shop Schott Music.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will forever be a ground-breaking, boundary-pushing musical composer who set the standard for his era.