Composer Details

Michael NymanMichael Nyman

 

Michael Nyman’s astonishing career in film music began with a collaboration with his friend Peter Greenaway on The Draughtsman’s Contract. So central to the director’s vision was Nyman’s music, that Greenaway actually cut the film to the delivered score. Their relationship continued to produce some of the greatest film music of the period, including Drowning By Numbers, A Zed & Two Noughts and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Unprecedented soundtrack success came with The Piano directed by Jane Campion – the CD was a best-seller around the world and the main theme remains one of the best-loved of all time. Other fruitful director-composer relationships include Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland), Laurence Dunmore for The Libertine and a collaboration with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) on Antonia Bird’s Ravenous.

 

 

Nyman’s instantly recognisable compositional style is characterised by his strong melodies and assertive rhythms, and since forming the Michael Nyman Band in the 1970’s his output has been wide and varied including five operas, eight concertos, five string quartets and substantial song cycles. He was awarded a CBE for his services to music in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Krokodyle (2010), Michael Nyman in Progress (2010), Erasing David (2010), Man On Wire (2008), Never Forever (2007), Jestem (2005 - Polish Film Award winner), Detroit: Ruin Of A City (2005), The Libertine (2004), Luminal (2004), Nathalie (2003), The Actors (2003), 24 Heures De La Vie D’une Femme (2002), Haute Fidelite (2001), Subterrain (2001), The Claim (2000), Act Without Words (2000), The End Of The Affair (1999 - BAFTA nomination, Golden Globe nomination), Wonderland (1999), Ravenous (1999 - Satellite winner), Gattaca (1997 - Golden Globe nomination), Enemy Zero (1996), Carrington (1995), The Piano (1993 - AFI Award, CFCA Award, BAFTA nomination), Prospero’s Books (1991), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Monsieur Hire (1989 - César nomination), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) amongst numerous others.

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Composer Showreel

Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds - The Draughtsman's Contract
Michael Nyman

Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds - The Draughtsman's Contract
Michael Nyman
The Promise - The Piano
Michael Nyman
Against Constancy - The Libertine
Michael Nyman
Exit No Exit No 8
Michael Nyman
Odessa Beach - Man With A Movie Camera
Michael Nyman
String Quartet 2:3
Michael Nyman
An Eye For Optical Theory
Michael Nyman
Franklyn - Wonderland
Michael Nyman
If - The Diary of Anne Frank
Michael Nyman
In Re Don Giovanni
Michael Nyman
Jack - Wonderland
Michael Nyman
Miranda - Prospero's Books
Michael Nyman
The Exchange - The Claim
Michael Nyman
Wheelbarrow Walk - Drowning By Numbers
Michael Nyman
Tango - Never Forever
Michael Nyman