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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

I am an Unusual Thing (from Letters, Riddles & Writs) (1991)
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Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
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5 Minutes
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Michael Nyman I am an Unusual Thing (from Letters, Riddles & Writs) (1991)
A song composed for Letters, Riddles and Writs directed by Jeremy Newson in 1990/1. Devised for the Artifax/BBC 'NOT MOZART' series commemorating the bicentenary of Mozart's death, the film takes as song texts extracts from Mozart's letters and a set of riddles he wrote and distributed in Vienna during the 1787 Carnival. This song combines one such riddle with a remark Mozart made about his professional prospects shortly before his death, and is based entirely on extracts from two of his Haydn quarters.

© Michael Nyman

  • Ensemble
    Michael Nyman Band
    Hillary Summers, contralto; Andrew Slater, bass
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