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Michael Nyman (Composer)

Born: 23rd March 1944, Stratford, London

Nationality: English

Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores (many written during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway), and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's The Piano. He has written a number of operas, including 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. He has written six concerti, five string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band. He is also a performing pianist.

Further Reading: Nyman

 Interview, Iestyn Davies on Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell

The countertenor talks to David about his new album with Fretwork, playing off the juxtaposition of baroque works by Henry Purcell with works by contemporary composer Michael Nyman.

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