Michael Maxwell is a prolific composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer. Maxwell has written and produced for expanded orchestra, chamber groups, choir, string quartet & quintet, Baroque trio, Celtic ensemble, concert band, various-sized jazz ensembles, and a wide variety of
contemporary ensembles.

Besides completing and producing the world...

Michael Maxwell is a prolific composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer. Maxwell has written and produced for expanded orchestra, chamber groups, choir, string quartet & quintet, Baroque trio, Celtic ensemble, concert band, various-sized jazz ensembles, and a wide variety of
contemporary ensembles.

Besides completing and producing the world premiere recording of De Profundis, he has arranged, orchestrated, produced, and recorded the music of Stravinsky, Debussy,
Bartók, and Liszt, and his orchestrations of Chopin were recorded for broadcast by the London Philharmonic. He composed and produced the score for the acclaimed documentary Worlds Apart, an award winning film at the Cannes Festival. Maxwell also produced another world premiere recording: Ah, How Sweet It Is To Love (Hungaroton HCD 31602) featuring hitherto unheard theatre music from the 1690s of Purcell, Clarke, and Eccles.

Maxwell has been one of the principal composers, arrangers, and producers for Somerset Entertainment for the past sixteen years, having produced over forty CDs for the record company’s various subsidiary labels; four of these have attained gold or platinum status. He continues to provide a wide variety of music to their catalogues.

Maxwell also diversifies in commercial composition, arranging, production, and performance. He lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto, Canada.

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The completion of De Profundis: Instrumental Psalm for Piano & Orchestra by Franz Liszt

Excerpt 1: Liszt’s dedication page. “De Profundis Psaume Instrumental pour Orchestre et Piano Principal by F. Liszt.” Dedicated to the Abbé Felicité de Lamennais.
The instrumental psalm De Profundis for piano & orchestra by Franz Liszt (Raabe: 668, Searle: 691) is an unfinished, though virtually complete manuscript held by the Goethe and Schiller Archive in Weimar, Germany. It was composed during the late summer of 1834 while Liszt was staying at La Chênaie, in Brittany, having sought out the company of ...
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De Profundis Score Examples

Excerpt 2: Page 1 of Liszt’s score to De Profundis.
Note: this is a continuation of the De Profundis article found elsewhere in this September 2011 issue The following score examples will reveal several points of interest about the manuscript (of both Liszt's original and my transcription). They should provide a clearer understanding of the difficulty of transcribing the work as well as sh...
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