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Elliot Goldenthal, Alexandre Desplats, Howard Shore…

And now Michael Nyman.

Renown British composer Michael Nyman will join the select club of Kilar Award winners, celebrating the best in film scoring, at the 11th Film Music Festival in Krakow this week.

The award is named after Polish maestro Wojciech Kilar, deceased in 2013. Kilar is one of the greatest film composers in the history of the medium. Period. With a prolific career in his homeland (even outside of the field of film music), Kilar is perhaps better known in North America for scoring such films as Francis Coppola’s Dracula (1992), Roman’s Polanski’s The Ninth Gate (1999), Jane Campion’s Portrait of a Lady (1996) and James Gray’s We Own the Night (2007).

A master of minimal music, Michael Nyman shaped a then-peculiar sound that is familiar today with moviegoers. What started (film-wise), in the 60’s and 70’s, with a string of short films for Peter Greenaway, soon developed into seminal works, including Greenaway’s own features The Draughtman’s Contract (1982), A Zed and Two Noughts (1985), Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) and Prospero’s Books (1991). These film works cemented a recognizable signature (often imitated), made of regular rhythms and repetition.

The fruitful association would lead to outside assignment including Jane Campion’s Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner, The Piano (1993), the sci-fi cult Gattaca (1997) and Antonia Bird’s Ravenous (1999) composed in association with Blur’s Damon Albarn.

Funded by the Mayors of Krakow and Katowice, the Kilar Award celebrates achievement in film music for those who, like Wojciech Kilar, ”remained faithful to traditional art of composition, its ethic and traditions, the originality of the musical language, the creative versatility, technical mastery, legibility and autonomy of the soundtracks, while extending film music as an autonomous work”.

And, as the fourth recipient, Michael Nyman is one fine and logical choice for the Kilar Award. Another perfect match.

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