Michael Nyman

Contini /Interzone

Contini /Interzone

Contini /Interzone

New Tone NT 6714
1993

Based on the notes in Italian, and the English translation provided in the booklet:
Michael Nyman, English composer and journalist. He became well known as a music critic, occasionally composing for cinema and theatre, at the end of the sixties. His first recording, Decay Music, was released in 1976 on Brian Eno’s Obscure Label, revealing the influence of his research on resonance, sound and from various other musical experiments.
His second album, Michael Nyman (Piano Records, 1982), clearly shows an evolution towards his present style. The impact of American minimalism is showing, initiating the period in which he will rewrite music from the classical tradition, spiced with irony and and humour. The main source for his compositions is the baroque period, which he combines with the rules of repetitveness. His search for an own style draws to a conclusion with his film scores of the 1980s; in 1984 he becomes world-famous with his score for The Draughtman’s Contract.
His compositions become more serious and complex, as we can notice from his rewriting of Henry Purcell’s chamber music for The Draughtman’s Contract. Later he will apply a similar technique to the music of Mozart and other classical composors, enlivening their compositions with strength and dynamism. His style, while minimalist in origin, is characterized by a rhythmic power and vigour, carried by strings and saxophones.

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