Bafta-winning composer Michael Nyman explains why he was inspired by Felixstowe for his latest score.
His score for The Piano is probably his most famous work. His new work, On Landguard Point, premieres at the Spa Pavilion in the town as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.
Watch the (partial) video interview here.
Celebrated composer and film-maker Michael Nyman premieres his latest work in Felixstowe tomorrow. Entertainment writer WAYNE SAVAGE talks to him about the unusual way it came about.
On November 20, The Smith Quartet will perform the premiere of String Quartet No 5 by Michael Nyman as part of the Festival Automne en Normandie in Bernay, Église abbatiale Notre-Dame. The string quartet, commissioned by the festival, forms part of a concert including Nyman’s String Quartet No 2 and String Quartet No 3 alongside Louis Andriessen Miserere.
Andy Findon’s new release Density 21.5, a collection of unaccompanied works for flute (and other instruments) by contemporary British composers, features five Michael Nyman compositions. One of them, an early work called “Canzona”, has never been recorded for release before.
Full details here. The album is currently only available for digital download.
First performed in Spain in 2000 then extensively revised for a second “premiere” in Karlsruhe in 2002, Facing Goya still ranks as Nyman’s most ambitious operatic work to date. Divided into four acts, lasting well over two hours, featuring five singers and scored for a large ensemble (effectively an expanded version of the Michael Nyman Band), it comes close to “grand” opera in design, which perhaps explains why the work has been overshadowed by the composer’s more approachable chamber operas.