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Nyman and The Piano

Donald Macleod is joined by Michael Nyman to focus on the composer's huge success in the 1990s, with his music for the film The Piano.

One of the most popular and yet controversial composers of our time, Michael Nyman exclusively in conversation with Donald Macleod.

In 1992, Michael Nyman's score for the film The Piano, was a huge success. The soundtrack went on to sell over 3 million copies, and won Nyman an Ivor Novello Award. Despite this great achievement, Nyman has felt that this has in some way colored people's perception of him when composing away from film. Further film successes have followed, including the soundtrack to the science fiction film, Gattaca (1997).

The 90s have seen for Nyman a number of significant works away from film, including concertos for harpsichord, saxophone and cello, and also a concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (1995). This piece is a dramatic work, and unlike many of Nyman's scores, is based entirely on original material.

Nyman has previously said when talking about his film music, that visual materials have never inspired him to compose. Exclusively in interview with Donald Macleod, Nyman discusses his process for writing music for another visual medium, opera, specifically his work Facing Goya (2000).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Michael Nyman

    Quartet no. 4 for strings

    Ensemble: Camilli Quartet.
    • EMI : 5565742.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Ute Lemper

    6 Celan songs for voice and ensemble - Es war Erde in ihnen

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band. Conductor: Michael Nyman.
    • DECCA : 425-22272.
    • DECCA.
    • 2.
  • Michael Nyman

    The Piano - music for the film

    Performer: John Lenehan.
    • Song: 88697126782.
    • Song.
    • 5.
  • Christian Lindberg

    Concerto for trombone and orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC S O.. Conductor: Michael Nyman.
    • EMI : 556-487 2.
    • EMI.
    • 12.
  • Michael Nyman

    Gattaca - music for the film (The Departure)

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Virgin Records: CDVE936.
    • Virgin Records.
    • 23.
  • Hilary Summers

    Facing Goya - Forgive me

    Singer: Omar Ebrahim. Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band. Conductor: Michael Nyman.
    • MICHAEL NYMAN RECORDS : MNRCD121-122.
    • MICHAEL NYMAN RECORDS.
    • 15.

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