The Libertine (album)

The Libertine: Music for the Film by Laurence Dunmore is the album release of Michael Nyman's score for the 2004 film The Libertine directed by Laurence Dunmore. It is the third release on Nyman's own label, MN Records, and the first to receive distribution in the United States, by Inner Knot Records. It is his 50th album release overall. When Naxos Records began distributing MN Records in the United States in 2008, it was included and began appearing in large quantities in stores. This is Nyman's last score for a major motion picture to date, and his last soundtrack release, other than compilation soundtracks.

The Libertine
photograph by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster
Soundtrack album by
Released29 November 2005
24 June 2008 (USA: reissue)
RecordedAugust 2004 (Angel Recording Studios, London)
March 2005 (Olympic Studios, London)
GenreSoundtrack, Contemporary classical music, Minimalist music
LabelMN Records
ProducerMichael Nyman
Michael Nyman chronology
The Piano Sings
The Libertine
The Composer's Cut Series Vol. I: The Draughtsman's Contract

The score includes the song "If" (as "Rochester's farewell", with partially changed lyrics, removal of the quotes from "Time Lapse" from A Zed & Two Noughts, and the addition of a setting of the Kyrie) performed by Hilary Summers, who originally performed it in the film, The Diary of Anne Frank (1995). It also includes an abridgement by Jeffreys of one of Wilmot's most famous poems, "Signior Dildo", also sung by Ms. Summers. A recurring theme on the album which first appears in "Upon drinking in a bowl" for solo viola, became the basis of the Interlude in C for Accent007 ensemble. "The maimed debauchee" is a fairly brief piece, but resembles the Interlude at its climax. The theme reappears in a longer version as "Against constancy".

The album primarily follows the order of the film, but there are exceptions, including "My Lord all-pride", which immediately follows "Signior Dildo" in the film, as Wilmot steps out from curtains painted to resemble female genitalia.

Portions of the score appear in all-brass arrangements on the album, Nyman Brass.

Track listing


  • Music composed, conducted, and produced by Michael Nyman
  • Assistant to the composer: Andrew Keenan
  • Recorded, mixed, and edited by Austin Ince
  • Assistant Engineers: Mat Bartram and Roland Heap
  • Orchestra contractor: Isobel Griffiths
  • Published by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers/Michael Nyman Ltd. 2005, except Track 15, music by Michael Nyman, text by Stephen Jeffreys Published by Chester Music Ltd./Michael Nyman Ltd. 2005
  • Special thanks to Annette Gentz, Elizabeth Lloyd, Rachel Thomas, Polly Hope, Andrew Thompson, James Ware, Declan Colgan and especially Laurnce Dunmore
  • Design by Russell Mills (shed)
  • Co-design by Michael Webster (storm)
  • Photography by Michael Nyman

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