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Michael Nyman

born: 23 March 1944
country: United Kingdom

Michael Nyman is predominantly known for his film scores, many of which were written during his collaboration with the film-maker Peter Greenaway and include The Draughtsman’s Contract and Drowning by Numbers. Much of his work draws on sources taken from early music, an influence that can be traced back to his student days at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the seventeenth century baroque with the now legendary Thurston Dart. Nyman is on record as stating that the core of his mature style emerged from playing Mozart’s ‘Catalogue’ aria (Don Giovanni) on the piano in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis which, ‘dictated the dynamic, articulation and texture of everything I’ve subsequently done.’ During the 1970s, Nyman was particularly associated with the English Experimental School and published his now classic text, Experimental Music—Cage and Beyond (1974). He subsequently formed the Michael Nyman Band with which he still tours as a pianist.


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