Michael Nyman ‎– The Draughtsman's Contract

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"Meurtre Dans Un Jardin Anglais" is the french title for "The Draughtsman's Contract" movie.

Versions (22)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAS 1158 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album, Pho) Charisma CAS 1158 UK 1982 Sell This Version
206075 Michael Nyman Bande Originale Du Film "Meurtre Dans Un Jardin Anglais"(LP, Album) Charisma, Virgin, Marin Karmitz 206075 France 1982 Sell This Version
206 075 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album) Charisma 206 075 UK 1982 Sell This Version
LL-CAS1158 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album) Charisma LL-CAS1158 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
SL 9513 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album) DRG Records SL 9513 US 1983 Sell This Version
70222 Michael Nyman Bande Originale Du Film "Meurtre Dans Un Jardin Anglais"(LP, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin, Marin Karmitz 70222 France 1984 Sell This Version
CAROL 1844-2 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1844-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album) Charisma, Virgin CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album) Charisma, Virgin CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CASCD1158 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album) Charisma CASCD1158 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album) Charisma, Virgin CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
VEBN 55 1 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album, RE) VENTURE VEBN 55 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
DVEBN 55(1) Michael Nyman The draughtman's contract(CD, Album) VENTURE DVEBN 55(1) Germany 1989 Sell This Version
CASMC 1158 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin CASMC 1158 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-25090 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, RE) Charisma VJCP-25090 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 40254 2 7 Michael Nyman Meurtre Dans Un Jardin Anglais(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 7243 8 40254 2 7 France 1995 Sell This Version
1989 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Oldis 1989 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
7243 5 98443 2 9 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, Copy Prot., RE, RM, Dig) Virgin 7243 5 98443 2 9 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
7243 5 98442 2 0, CDVE 965 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Virgin, Virgin 7243 5 98442 2 0, CDVE 965 UK 2004 Sell This Version
0946 3 63949 2 3, CDVR 965 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin 0946 3 63949 2 3, CDVR 965 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin CASCD1158, 0777 7 86463 2 7 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CAS 1158 Michael Nyman The Draughtsman's Contract(LP, Album, RE, Vir) Charisma CAS 1158 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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toshberman

toshberman

December 2, 2018
referencing The Draughtsman's Contract, LP, Album, SL 9513

There are many great film composers and filmmaker match-up's that one can't possibly imagine one without the other. On top of my list is the partnership between Peter Greenaway and British composer Michael Nyman. The yin with the yang, who can easily be separated, but the combination of Greenaway's vivid narration/images with the addition of Nyman's hyper-version of baroque music is something to behold. The other thing that makes my heart warm is the fact that Greenaway's films have a subversive talent of driving people mad who go see his movies. Greenaway has two audiences - those who love his work, and those who can't stand his films. With the additional twist of Nyman's relentless approach to form in the tight compositions by the composer, leaves one for gasping for air. This is what I call art!

"The Draughtsman's Contract" is a film made by Greenaway, and it's an early collaboration between the filmmaker and Nyman. Both have an interest in and vast knowledge of the past and use their medium for their works. Nyman's music is a combination of minimalist strokes, but with a high sense of strong melody. The rhythm of the work is just as important as the memorable melodies, and although the images by Greenaway really goes well with the composer's work, they also stand alone as music to listen to in a room with a well-stocked bar.

The one thing that stands out is that Nyman's work is very British. I see him being very much influenced by Mozart, but equally the British composers such as Henry Purcell and William Byrd. In a theatrical sense, he also belongs to William Shakespeare's theater, in that it can be bawdy and wonderfully entertaining. What makes his music so unique is that he can have one foot in the minimalist camp, but the other is firmly placed in the world of Purcell and Byrd. One of my favorite classical composers, and well worth to fall into the rabbit's hole for. -Tosh Berman
phuriphonics

phuriphonics

March 16, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing The Draughtsman's Contract, LP, Album, RE, Vir, CAS 1158
Mmmmm, genre = electronic. I think not, but nevertheless this is a wonderful album, and a great example of classical minimalism that differs from the American school ie. Glass, Reich, Adams etc.
This was the first collaboration between Nyman and British director/writer/visual artist Peter Greenaway (who is infamous for his overtly sensual and pictorally stunning films). Their other projects include: A Zed and Two Noughts, Drowning by Numbers, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
Nyman's music is a perfect accompaniment to Greenaway's surreal artisic vision, and helps to maintain an emotional narrative that can sometimes be lost amongst the visual symbolism in the films.