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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

Songs for Tony (1993)
commissioned by the Apollo Saxophone Quartet
Work Notes
in memory of Tony Simons
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
1993
Duration
10 Minutes
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Michael Nyman Songs for Tony (1993)
MICHAEL NYMAN

SONGS FOR TONY

I began writing a saxophone quartet on New Year's Eve 1992. In the early afternoon of 5th January 1993, I was informed that my friend and business manager, Tony Simmons, had died after a long and heroic fight against cancer. I immediately sat down and wrote the music which became the fourth song, in what became a 'memorial' quartet. The previously composed music was scrapped as I decided to give each player, in turn, an 'aria' of his own.

The first song is a transcription of an actual song - 'Mozart on Mortality' - which I wrote for the Composers Ensemble in the spring of 1992. The text, by Mozart himself, is all too appropriate: 'I may not see another day'. The second song is adapted from the music for the scene in Jane Campion's film The Piano, where the mute Ada (Holly Hunter) pushes her chief means of communication, her piano, overboard. This film was the last major deal that Tony negotiated on my behalf. The third song, a soprano sax solo, is based on a tune I composed some years ago, but was saving for a special occasion.

Michael Nyman
April 1993

  • Ensemble
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet
  • Ensemble
    Delta Saxophone Quartet
    Clarinet Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Michael Nyman Band
    Soloist(s)
    David McAlmont
    Conductor
    Michael Nyman
    MN Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 29 OCT 2009
    Trier, Germany
    Trier Philharmonic Orchestra
    Victor Puhl, conductor
  • 24 OCT 2009
    A Great Day in Kathmandu World Premiere
    City of Turin World Premiere
    Fever Sticks and Bones World Premiere
    Friendly Fire World Premiere
    Going to America World Premiere
    In Laos World Premiere
    In Rai Don Giovanni World Premiere
    Secrets, Accusations and Charges World Premiere
    Take the Money and Run World Premiere
    The Glare World Premiere
    Underneath the Hessian Bags World Premiere
    Songs for Tony
    Union Chapel, London
    Michael Nyman Band
    David McAlmont; Michael Nyman, conductor
  • 28 OCT 2004
    Nyman 60th Birthday Concert
    Blackheath Concert Halls
    Trinity College of Music Sinfonietta
    Sophia Ball; Nic Pendlebury, conductor
  • 17 FEB 2004
    Hertz Auditorium, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
    Ethos Quartet
  • 12 DEC 2003
    Steve Reich Festival
    Hague, Amsterdam
    Students from the Conservatory in The Hague
  • 31 DEC 2002
    Hildesheim
    Saxofourte
  • 01 DEC 2002
    From Here to There
    Crailsheim, Germany
    Saxofourte
  • 14 NOV 2002
    From Here to There
    Stuttgart Möhringen
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    19 November - Aalen, Stadthalle
    22 November - Heidenheim
    24 November - Bad Kreuznach
    28 November - Öhringen Kultura
  • 02 NOV 2002
    From Here to There
    - Schwäbisch Hall
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    5 November - - Greiz, Thüringen
    8,11 November - - München
    9 November - - Giengen an der Brenz
    10 November - - Bad Bachau
  • 13 OCT 2002
    From Here to There
    - Ravensburg
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    15 October - - Bad Hindelang
    18 October - - Ulm Roxy
    19 October - - Weissenhorn
    26 October - - Ludwigshafen
  • 01 OCT 2002
    Libanon, Beirut, Damaskus, Annan, Kairo and Alexandria
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    2-20 October - Libanon, Beirut, Damaskus, Annan, Kairo and Alexandria
  • 03 AUG 2002
    Ottobrunn, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    4 August - Braunschweig
    17 August - Diepholz
  • 02 JUL 2002
    Memmingen, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    5-14,22 July - Ulm
    20 July - Rheingau
  • 08 JUN 2002
    Buehne im hof, St Poelten, Austria
    Delta Saxophone Quartet
  • 07 JUN 2002
    Schelklingen, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    13 June - Darmstadt
    28 June - Fachsenfeld
  • 02 MAY 2002
    Erwitte, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    3 May - Moers, Germany
    11 May - Ulm (1-2pm)
    11 May - Alpirsbach (5pm)
    11 May - Weidenstetten (8pm)
    25 May - Courchaton
    26 May - Elsass
  • 01 MAY 2002
    Moscow, Russia
    Delta Saxophone Quartet
  • 03 APR 2002
    Ochsenhausen, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    26 April - Ulm, Germany
    27 April - Krumbach, Germany
    28 April - Illertissen, Germany
  • 10 MAR 2002
    Bad Homburg, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    15 March - Frankfurt, Germany
    16 March - Preussisch-Oldendorf, Germany
  • 09 FEB 2002
    Neustadt (Coburg)
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    10 February - Borken (Münsterland)
    18 February - Stuttgart
  • 01 JAN 2002
    Weikersheim
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    5 January - Ulm-Söflingen
    6 January - Weißenhorn
    9 January - Ulm
    10 January - Esslingen
    14 January - Fulda
    17 January - Stuttgart- Möhringen
    19 January - München
    31 January - Berlin
  • 06 DEC 2001
    Olpe, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    7 December - Gelnhausen, Germany
    23 December - Bad Sassendorf, Germany
    31 December - Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 17 NOV 2001
    Taiwan
    Delta Saxophone Quartet

    Other Dates:
    18-27 November - Taiwan
  • 16 NOV 2001
    Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
    Saxofourte
  • 26 OCT 2001
    Perugia, Italy
    Delta Saxophone Quartet
  • 26 OCT 2001
    Erbach, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    28 October - Kirchheim-Weinstr., Germany
  • 01 SEP 2001
    Hindekang, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    2 September - Hirschegg, Germany
    3 September - Fischen, Germany
    12 September - Sachsenheim, Germany
    14 September - Weissenau, Germany
    19 September - Rödermark, Germany
    22 September - Ulm, Germany
  • 02 AUG 2001
    Fürstensaal ehem. Kloster St Mang, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    3 August - Fellbach, Germany
    5 August - Oberhausen, Germany
    30 August - Heilbronn, Germany
  • 08 JUL 2001
    Laubach, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    22 July - Altshausen, Germany
  • 23 JUN 2001
    Diepholz, Germany
    Saxofourte

    Other Dates:
    30 June - Lauda-Königshofen, Denmark

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