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date: 17 November 2019

Nyman, Michael (Laurence)locked

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(Laurence)

(b London, March 23, 1944). English composer. He studied composition with Alan Bush at the RAM (1961–4) and musicology with Thurston Dart at King’s College, London (1964–7). He also spent time collecting folk music in Romania (1965–6). After showing early promise as a composer, he fell silent for almost a decade, during which he worked variously as an editor, librettist, and performer, and as a music critic for The Spectator, The Listener, and the New Statesman. It was in The Spectator in 1968 that he first applied the description ‘minimal’ to music, though the claim that he introduced the term to music criticism has been disputed (see Strickland, 241–4). Nyman’s earliest work, dating from the mid-1970s, shows the influence of John Cage’s aesthetics and the techniques of experimental and minimalist music, both of which he had charted in his book Experimental Music...

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