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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs (1994)
Text Writer
Shakespeare
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1994
Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano, contralto, Tenor
Programme Note
Michael Nyman Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs (1994)
BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE

This is a modified version of Nyman’s 1990 score for Karine Saporta’s opera-ballet The Princess of Milan composed while scoring Peter Greenaway’s film Prospero’s Books, with which it shares its source, The Tempest. He writes: ‘Musically I treated La Princesse de Milan as an opera, which is what, in its dance-free existence, it is. But an opera with a difference: its three singers are voices rather than roles, carriers of the text rather than characters.’

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  • Ensemble
    Ensemble Instrumental de Basse-Normandie
    Soloist(s)
    Catherine Bott, Hilary Summers, Ian Bostridge, voices
    Conductor
    Dominique Debart
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