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Michael Nyman

Publisher: Chester Music

On the Fiddle (1993)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloists and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
violin [=cello]
Alternate Orchestration
version also available for cello/pf and vln/pf
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Michael Nyman On the Fiddle (1993)
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  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jonathan Carney
At 14 minutes, Michael Nyman's 'On the Fiddle' is the longest work on the disc. Here sections of tonal melody - touchingly, sometimes achingly, fragile - are starckly counterpoised by more robust and boisterous passages. Nyman is a great dissembler: one of the intriguing features of the piece is that it both is, and is not, what it seems to be. Written out of a background knowledge of two or more centuries of music in the western classical tradition, it evokes aspects of that past and then, in the very same gesture, conceals or denies them.
Christopher Ballentine, International Record Review,01/08/2005
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