The Piano Sings

The Piano Sings is a 2005 solo album by Michael Nyman featuring personal interpretations of film music he wrote between 1993 and 2003. It is his second release on his own label, MN Records, and his 49th release overall. The album was released alongside a concert tour.[2]

The Piano Sings
photograph by Michael Nyman
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster
Studio album by
Released2 May 2005 (UK)
September 29, 2008 (United States)
Recorded12–14 February 2005
GenreChamber music, contemporary classical, minimalism, film music
LabelMN Records
ProducerDeclan Colgan
Michael Nyman chronology
Man and Boy: Dada
The Piano Sings
The Libertine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Music from the Movies[1]

Nyman's February 2005 statement about the album printed within the booklet is very brief:

All my music starts out as piano music so the opportunity to get back to that essence appealed to me. Hence my desire to make this album a personal signature as a composer/performer. I have deliberately focused on my more song-like music: the album title suggested itself.

Track listing

  1. Diary of Love (The End of the Affair)
  2. If (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  3. Franklyn (Wonderland)
  4. The Morrow (Gattaca)
  5. Jack (Wonderland)
  6. The Heart Asks Pleasure First (The Piano)
  7. Big my Secret (The Piano)
  8. Debbie (Wonderland)
  9. The Departure (Gattaca)
  10. Why (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  11. Odessa Beach (Man with a Movie Camera)
  12. Lost and Found (The Piano)
  13. The Exchange (The Claim)
  14. Candlefire (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  15. All Imperfect Things (The Piano)
  16. Diary of Love [reprise] (The End of the Affair)



  1. Music from the Movies review
  2. Michael Church. "Michael Nyman: Piano, solo" The Independent. Thursday, 28 September 2006.

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