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Michael Nyman

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Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British composer, , librettist and , perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway.

Nyman, who had studied with the noted music scholar Thurston Dart at King’s College London, drew frequently on early music sources in his scores for Greenaway’s films: Henry Purcell in The Draughtsman’s Contract and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber in A Zed and Two Noughts, Mozart in Drowning by Numbers, and John Dowland in Prospero’s Books.

Nyman’s popularity increased significantly after he wrote the score to Jane Campion’s award-winning 1993 film The Piano. The album (“The Piano”) became a music best-seller. Although Nyman’s score was central to the movie he did not receive an Academy Award nomination despite being nominated for both a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He has scored numerous other films, the vast majority of them art films from Europe. His few forays into Hollywood composing have been Gattaca (“Gattaca”), Ravenous (with musician Damon Albarn), and The End of the Affair (“The End of The Affair”).

Among Nyman’s better known non-film works are Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs (1987), for soprano, alto, tenor and instrumental ensemble (based on Nyman’s score for La Princesse de Milan); Ariel Songs (1990) for soprano and band; MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse) (1993) for band; concertos for piano (based on The Piano score), harpsichord, trombone and saxophone; the opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986), based on a case-study by Oliver Sacks; and several string quartets.

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  • bantha_fodder_

    Love the Greenaway shit.

    10 Sep 4:49am Reply
  • jpgfile

    yaaaaas bish slay!!

    22 Feb 11:34pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    v the blowjob scene is pretty good

    16 Jan 2:08am Reply
  • georgieMT82

    film "9 Songs" brought me to him... perhaps the only benefit of that film.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • olebra

    My live take on The Heart Asks Pleasure First form the film The Piano: http://youtu.be/_Jd1dqd_dAM

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PLasmoEsmata

    Saw the Nyman band in London in March and it was just incredible! I find I keep returning to his baroque music more and more.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    gattaca, SUPERB!!!!!!!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Quadrewple

    Michael Nyman - Lamentations FANTASTIC song

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheArtistBox

    arranger1044 must be his PR man...

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KovbojMajkel

    Gattaca is masterpiece.. very very impressive and emotional.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Irenreinmerdok

    Great!

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lilithdelicious

    A fantastic soundtrack for a fantastic film!!! Just love them both

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    I want an official release of Nyman's music for "Battleship Potemkin" and of his String Quartet No. 5, "Let's not make a song and dance out of it". Oh, and maybe of "Devoción", "Through the Only Window", "Doing the Rounds", "On Languard Point" and his prologue to Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" as well.

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SLIGHTLYevil

    So I was at the Erased Tapes 5 Year Anniversary show at the Hackney Empire, and A Winged Victory For the Sullen were the first act...sufficed to say, their rendition of String Quartet 2: III was a wonderful suprise to the gig, and stopped my heartbeats when the first strings tentatively came into play. I don't think I'll ever forget that night, I never thought I'd hear 2: III live.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PullUpTheBumper

    The Departure ♥

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Hiigor_

    The Heart Asks Pleasure First = Masterpiece

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • batcori

    I can't stop listening... I love you Michael Nyman ♥

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MjuSIC

    ...poetry...

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • gleenders

    Heard 'Memorial' and 'Time Lapse' at a memorial service. It gave me goose pimples. This is awesome music!!

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • MeneerDD

    Absolutely love Chasing sheep.

    11 Jul 2012 Reply
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