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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

I Sonetti Lussuriosi (2007)
Commissioned by the Venice Biennale
Text Writer
Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloists and Orchestra
Sub Category
Soloists and Large Orchestra
Year Composed
30 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
version available for Michael Nyman Band and piano quintet and voice
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Michael Nyman I Sonetti Lussuriosi (2007)
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  • Ensemble
    Michael Nyman Band
    Marie Angel
    MN Records:
I Sonetti Lussuriosi sets graphic erotic texts by the Renaissance poet and iconoclast Pietro Aretino...[The work] set the words in Nyman's straight-forward way for the equally down-to-earth soprano Marie Angel. The question was, what could the music add? In the end, it served to dissolve the male-female differences as Angel voiced both participants' demands and satisfactions with the same energy and delight. Composed around the same time as 50,000 Pairs of Feet..., it did similar time-bending things although the emotional climate was more heated, achieving an exultant grandeur.
Robert Maycock, The Independent,11/12/2007
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