Personalities | Michael Nyman | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1944
English composer

The influence of Cage and Feldman can be heard in Nyman’s creation of elastic, intuitive sound-worlds. 1–100 (1976) is simply a series of 100 chords descending through a circle of fourths. Nyman’s early music is full of allusions to and quotations from music of the past, in addition to the use of amplification and rhythms and sounds from rock music. During the 1990s, his work began to grow in expressivity and replaced quotations from classical music with folksongs from a number of sources. He composed scores for several films of Peter Greenaway and for Jane Campion’s The Piano (1995). His Eleventh Symphony, Hillsborough Memorial, in memory of the victims of the football stadium disaster, was premiered in 2014.

Recommended Recording:
The Piano Concerto, MGV, Kathryn Stott, Michael Nyman Band, Royal Liverpool PO (cond) Michael Nyman (Argo/Decca)

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