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A Child's View Of Colour

By Michael Nyman

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Soprano Voice and Piano
Composed by Michael Nyman. Part. Composed 2003. 16 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH66561. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH66561).

Item Number: BT.MUSCH66561

ISBN 9781844490189.

This work, composed for Children's Voices and String Quartet, was commissioned by the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Conductor's score and String Parts are available from the Publishers.

My text is extracted fromRodney Livingstone's translation of a short essay by the German cultural historian Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). It was written between 1914-15 during a metaphysical phase before Benjamin embraced Marxism. This text emphasises theyoung person's, as opposed to the adult's, approach to colour: 'for the person who sees with a child's eyes, it marks boundaries, it is not a layer of something superimposed on matter, as it is with adults'. This work continues myinterest in art-based texts - from 'The Kiss' (1985) to my opera 'Facing Goya' (2000/02)

Michael Nyman 2003

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