Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - War Work: Eight Songs with Film

War Work: Eight Songs with Film

Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band

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CD Album 19 tracks 13.99
Download Album (flac) 19 tracks 7.99
Download Album (mp3) 19 tracks 7.99
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Description

Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - War Work: Eight Songs with Film

Taking poetry from the First World War as his inspiration, Nyman has crafted here an eloquent song cycle to film (“a film essay”, as he describes it), presented in two groups of four songs, each preceded by several instrumental movements. The texts were all written by poets who - with the exception of the English artist-poet, David Bomberg - all sadly lost their lives during the First World War.

The starting point for the music is the title of a series of poems by French writer, Gaston de Ruyter (shot down on 7th October 1918) - 'Chansons vielles sur d'autre airs' ('Old songs to other tunes'). The 'chansons vielles' are the poems by English, French, German and Hungarian poets (mostly sung in their original languages) and the 'autres airs' are by English, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Polish and Italian composers of the 17th and 19th centuries.

The film element, edited by Max Pugh, has been designed around footage sourced from French, German and American First World War film archives and the chosen excerpts deliberately focus on material that previous documenters of the First World War have ignored. There is no voice-over so as to allow the potency of the images in combination with the music to take centre stage.

“I aim to reflect the war from a different perspective” says Nyman. “I've paired a German poem with English music and a French poem with German music, for example, as a way of unpicking nationalism and national identity”

'War Work' was commissioned in 2014 by the War on Screen International Film Festival; L'Arsenal de Metz; La Cité de la musique, Paris; KölnMusik Betriebs und Service GmbH; Kölner Philharmonie and the Palace of Arts, Budapest to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Tracklisting

CD Album (MNRCD138)
  1. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Making of Faces
  2. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Dreaming of Home
  3. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Engine Turns
  4. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Effects of Gas
  5. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 1: ‘Urtod’
  6. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 2: ‘What’s Left of the Soldier–man’
  7. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 3: ‘Kinder vor einem Londoner armenspeise Haus’
  8. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 4: ‘Haidekampf’
  9. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Puppenkörper
  10. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Picabia’s Pigeons
  11. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Dead are Sad Enough in their Eternal Silence
  12. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Playing at Soldiering
  13. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Mechanical Horse
  14. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - A la Pensée des Absents
  15. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 5: ‘L’ Adieu du cavalier’
  16. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 6: ‘For Just One Night’
  17. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 7: ‘Louse Hunting’
  18. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 8: ’Abschied’
  19. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - ‘Urtod’
Download Album (MNRCD138)
  1. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Making of Faces
  2. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Dreaming of Home
  3. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Engine Turns
  4. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Effects of Gas
  5. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 1: ‘Urtod’
  6. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 2: ‘What’s Left of the Soldier–man’
  7. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 3: ‘Kinder vor einem Londoner armenspeise Haus’
  8. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 4: ‘Haidekampf’
  9. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Puppenkörper
  10. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Picabia’s Pigeons
  11. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Dead are Sad Enough in their Eternal Silence
  12. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Playing at Soldiering
  13. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - The Mechanical Horse
  14. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - A la Pensée des Absents
  15. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 5: ‘L’ Adieu du cavalier’
  16. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 6: ‘For Just One Night’
  17. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 7: ‘Louse Hunting’
  18. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - Song 8: ’Abschied’
  19. Michael Nyman, Hilary Summers and Michael Nyman Band - ‘Urtod’

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 The Making of Faces £0.99
2 Dreaming of Home £0.99
3 The Engine Turns £0.99
4 The Effects of Gas £0.99
5 Song 1: ‘Urtod’ £0.99
6 Song 2: ‘What’s Left of the Soldier–man’ £0.99
7 Song 3: ‘Kinder vor einem Londoner armenspeise Haus’ £0.99
8 Song 4: ‘Haidekampf’ £0.99
9 Puppenkörper £0.99
10 Picabia’s Pigeons £0.99
11 The Dead are Sad Enough in their Eternal Silence £0.99
12 Playing at Soldiering £0.99
13 The Mechanical Horse £0.99
14 A la Pensée des Absents £0.99
15 Song 5: ‘L’ Adieu du cavalier’ £0.99
16 Song 6: ‘For Just One Night’ £0.99
17 Song 7: ‘Louse Hunting’ £0.99
18 Song 8: ’Abschied’ £0.99
19 ‘Urtod’ £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (19 tracks) £7.99
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flac downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 The Making of Faces £0.99
2 Dreaming of Home £0.99
3 The Engine Turns £0.99
4 The Effects of Gas £0.99
5 Song 1: ‘Urtod’ £0.99
6 Song 2: ‘What’s Left of the Soldier–man’ £0.99
7 Song 3: ‘Kinder vor einem Londoner armenspeise Haus’ £0.99
8 Song 4: ‘Haidekampf’ £0.99
9 Puppenkörper £0.99
10 Picabia’s Pigeons £0.99
11 The Dead are Sad Enough in their Eternal Silence £0.99
12 Playing at Soldiering £0.99
13 The Mechanical Horse £0.99
14 A la Pensée des Absents £0.99
15 Song 5: ‘L’ Adieu du cavalier’ £0.99
16 Song 6: ‘For Just One Night’ £0.99
17 Song 7: ‘Louse Hunting’ £0.99
18 Song 8: ’Abschied’ £0.99
19 ‘Urtod’ £0.99
Entire FLAC Download Album (19 tracks) £7.99
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