Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress

Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress

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Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress

As directed by Sylvia Beck, this biographical documentary profiles Michael Nyman, one of the most celebrated artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Though best known as a composer who scored such films as The Ogre, The Draughtsman's Contract, The Piano and Man on Wire, Nyman also honed and sustained a passion for cinema and photography, and began a transition into these art forms after making his name in music. Beck helmed her film at this moment of transition, and follows Nyman as he moves from London, to Berlin, to Mexico, to Poland, to Holland, to Portugal. We witness him pursuing his musical interests in these and other locales - performing with The Michael Nyman Band and other ensembles - while developing various visually-oriented works on the side. Through it all, the film offers an intimate window into Nyman's creative processes, emotions, and paradigm.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2011
UPC: 0807280148398
Original Release: 2010
Source: Arthaus Musik
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 0:52:00
Sales rank: 73,191

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress
1. Introduction [2:17]
2. Nyman's Life and Work [3:59]
3. The Draughtsman's Contract [7:57]
4. On his Traces In Poland and Great Britain [5:23]
5. Steve Reich About Michael Nyman [4:12]
6. Compositions For The Ogre & The Piano [6:36]
7. Photography And Video Art [2:43]
8. The Michael Nyman Band [4:06]
9. Witness I, A Film By Michael Nyman [2:40]
10. The Michael Nyman Festival, Groningen / Netherlands [3:24]
11. First Film-and-Photography- Exhibition Videofile [2:53]
12. At BBC Proms [5:09]
13. Credits [:43]

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Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
This review concerns the 2 DVD set featuring this DVD and the DVD of the Michael Nyman Band in concert: Michael Nyman is a living composer, and as such is generally the kind of thing that I stay away from. However, this two DVD set (Michael Nyman in Concert, and Michael Nyman – Composer in Progress) provides not only a positive concert experience but a series of interesting insights into the composer himself, the way he works, and the kinds of mosaic textures he puts together. The concert DVD is a recording of the Michael Nyman Band live at Studio Halle. The audience is small, and given that the band primarily consists of brass players I am sure that the hall itself just reverberated with the music being performed. Mr. Nyman’s music could certainly be categorized as being in the semi-minimalist, repetitive camp…and at times it seems like certain pieces end abruptly simply because there is no place else to go. Don’t let yourself be overly distracted by this, as other pieces such as “Nadia”, “Molly”, “Musicologist Scores”, and “Diary of Hate” are fascinating and have much more to their mechanics and emotional impact than can be explained by “traditional” minimalist experiments. There is definite depth to some of this work. As for the documentary, it follows Mr. Nyman to various international destinations as he travels with his band and explores his own family roots. It also delves into his interest in photography, video media, his drawing upon Mozart and Purcel in two of his better known pieces, and some of his time with Steve Reich (who made a real impact by encouraging Mr. Nyman to be himself in his music). It is always fascinating to get a sense of the individual behind compositions, and there are definite insights here that made this listener go, “Hmmm…that’s interesting”. It is a real pleasure to see him and his band play at the Proms – it is obvious that this opportunity means a great deal to Mr. Nyman, and that is communicated quite clearly both in what is said and in his body language. If you are interested in this composer, then by all means pick up this 2 DVD set. You’ll be pleased.