This is a June 19, 1996 file photo of composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies posing for a photograph in London. Maxwell Davies, who served as Queen Elizabeth II's official master of music, has died at 81. (AP Photo, File)
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Peter Maxwell Davies, one of Britain's leading contemporary composers, died Monday at the age of 81 after suffering from leukaemia, his management company said.A political and musical radical, with a lifelong commitment to music education, he rose to become Queen Elizabeth II's official composer between 2004 and 2014 .Maxwell Davies was a prolific composer, and his works included ten symphonies and six operas. He was also composer/conductor with both the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.Maxwell Davies was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia in 2013 .
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