Michael Nyman

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Michael Nyman is one of the most significant composers of our time. Internationally he is recognized primarily as a composer for film, his works including the score for Jane Campions Oscar-winning film The Piano, as well as music for a number of Peter Greenaway films such as The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover and The Draughtsman's Contract.

As a music journalist, in 1968 Nyman coined the term "Minimal Music" and in the 1970's, he briefly joined the Steve Reich Ensemble. Collaborations followed with Brian Eno and the legendary Scratch Orchestra, until Nyman finally formed his own ensemble, the Michael Nyman Band. 

In addition to numerous soundtracks for films by Volker Schlöndorff (Der Unhold), Michael Winterbottom (among others Wonderland), Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), Neil Jordan (The End of the Affair) and Patrice Leconte (The Hairdresser's Husband, Monsieur Hire), Nyman's oeuvre includes compositions for opera and concert, for dance and music theater, art videos, performances and installations. These have been immensely successful, performed worldwide by orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs, soloists and the Michael Nyman Band.


Here you can browse a selection of the most recent Michael Nyman publications.
A complete compilation can be found on the Michael Nyman homepage.

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Michael Nyman: Facing Goya
An Opera in 4 Acts
Libretto: Victoria Hardie
With Winnie Böwe, Marie Angel, Hilary Summers, Harry Niccol and Omar Ebrahim
Michael Nyman: Collections
Film, Music, Photography, 2010

Michael Nyman: Songs, 2009

Michael Nyman: Soundtracks, 2009

Michael Nyman: Operas, 2009

Vertov Sounds, 2009

Michael Nyman & Motion Trio:
Accoustic Accordions,

Arrangements: Janusz Wojtarowicz

Michael Nyman & David McAlmont:
The Glare, 2009
The Michael Nyman Band
Lyrics: David McAlmont

The Piano Concerto, 2008
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Solo piano: Kathryn Stott

8 Lust Songs: I Sonetti Lussuriosi, 2008
The Michael Nyman Band
Singing: Marie Angel

Mozart 252, 2008
The Michael Nyman Band

Love Counts. An Opera in two Acts, 2007

The Wyngates Band: Nyman Brass, 2006

Six Celan Songs -
The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi, 2006
Texts: Paul Celan/ Mary Kelly
Singing: Hilary Summers/ Sarah Leonard

Acts of Beauty - Exit No Exit, 2006
Conducting: Carlo Boccadoro
Ensemble: Sentieri Selvaggi
With Cristina Zavalloni

Man and Boy: Dada.
An Opera in two Acts, 2005
Conduction: Paul McGrath
Libretto: Michael Hastings
With John Graham, William Sheldon,
Vivian Tierney

Nyman/ Greenaway Revisited, 2005
The Michael Nyman Band

The Piano Sings, 2005
Production: Michael Nyman

The Libertine, 2005
The Michael Nyman Band
Soundtrack album

The Draughtsman’s Contract, 2005
The Michael Nyman Band

Love Counts, 2005
Conduction: Paul McGrath
Singing: Helen Williams


The Cook, The Thief,
His Wife and Her Lover, 1989
Directed by Peter Greenaway

Man on Wire, 2009
Directed by James Marsh
Academy Award, Oscar
European Film Award
Grand Price of the Jury, Sundance

The Piano, 1993
Directed by Jane Campion
Palme d'Or, Cannes
César Nomination for Best Film Music, BAFTA-Awards
Nomination for Golden Globe and Academy Award, Oscar

Gattaca, 1999
Directed by Andrew Niccol,
Nomination for Best Film Music, Golden Globe

Wonderland, 1999
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Nomination for BAFTA Award and Palme d'Or, Cannes

The Ogre, 1996
Conducted by Volker Schlöndorff
Nomination for Golden Lion, Venice

Ravenous, 1999
Directed by Antonia Bird
Score by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman

The Draughtsman's Contract, 1982
Directed by Peter Greenaway

The End of the Affair, 1999
Directed by Neil Jordan
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Nomination for Golden Globe and BAFTA Award

The Hairdresser's Husband, 1990
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Nomination for BAFTA Award and César

Never Forever, 2007
Directed by Gina Kim

Jestem, 2005
Directed by Dorota Kedzierzawaska

The Libertine, 2004
Directed by Laurence Dunmore

Nathalie, 2003
Directed by Anne Fontaine

The Actors, 2003
Directed by Conor McPherson

9 Meses, 9 Días, 2009
Directed by Oscar Ramíres

24 Hours in the Life of a Woman, 2002
Directed by Laurent Bouhnik

The Claim
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Nomination for Golden Bear, Berlinale 2001

An Organization of Dreams, 2009
Directed by Ken McMullen

Nabbies Love, 1999
Directed by Yuji Nakae

Carrington, 1995
Directed by Christopher Hampton

A Zed & Two Noughts, 1985
Directed by Peter Greenaway

Enemy Zero, 1996
Directed by Kenji Eno

À la folie, 1994
Directed by Diane Kurys

Mesmer, 1994
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode

Prospero's Books, 1991
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Nomination for Golden Lion, Venice

Monsieur Hire, 1989
Directed by Patrice Leconte

Drowning by Numbers, 1988
Directed by Peter Greenaway

The Falls, 1980
Directed by Peter Greenaway

Vertical Features Remake, 1978
Directed by Peter Greenaway

Video Art

fff, 2010 
Score for a video installation by Kutlug Ataman, Whitechapel Gallery London

Surrounded in Tears, 2004 
Sound installation by Oswaldo Macià, Michael Nyman and Jasper Morrison, commissioned by the London Biennial and Tate Liverpool 

The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi, 2002 
String quartet for a text installation by Mary Kelly, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles

The Commissar Vanishes, 1999 
Composition for a video installation by Chris Kondek, commissioned by the Barbican Centre London, Warwick Arts Centre



Director: Stig Björkman
Music: Michael Nyman

The 68th Festival de Cannes describes Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, who worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman, and starred opposite Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck as a “modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism”.

Bergman had an exceptional international career, yet she always defended her views, struggling for equal rights for all; she always stood by her convictions, regardless of what others might say. She was forever questioning her own actions and the norms of Hollywood – choosing her scripts with care; and she played complex characters, roles far from what many expected of her.

In international terms, Ingrid Bergman is one of the most famous Swedes. Yet few know the human being behind the legend. Who was she? What was it that actually drove her?

Beside Ingrid’s own words and footage, the film includes a rich gathering of individuals who had a strong relationship to her. For the first time all four of her children – Pia Lindström and her three siblings Isabella, Ingrid and Roberto Rossellini – appear in a film about their mother.

Source: Mantaray Film, Festival de Cannes