Michael Nyman

Born 23 March 1944.
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Michael Nyman (1944-present)

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Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE (born 23 March 1944) is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for the many film scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's The Piano. His operas include The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Letters, Riddles and Writs, Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs, Facing Goya, Man and Boy: Dada, Love Counts, and Sparkie: Cage and Beyond, and he has written six concerti, four string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band, with and without whom he tours as a performing pianist. Nyman stated that he prefers to write opera rather than other sorts of music.

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  1. Review of String Quartets

    String Quartets

    Reviewed by Matthew Shorter
    This music is supple, brilliant and flawless, with performances to match. By turns...
  2. Review of Sangam


    Reviewed by Helene Rammant
    Classical composer Nyman meets Indian master musicians. With mixed results.
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