- 'The Masterwork' Award Winning Fish-Knife
Award Winning Fish-Knife
audiocassette cover by Paul Richards and Bruce McLean
Live album by Michael Nyman Released 1979 Recorded Music: July 25, 1979 (Riverside Studios, London)
Text: August 1979, (Riverside Studios)
Genre Contemporary classical music, Minimalist music, Spoken word Length 56:55 Language English Label Audio Arts Producer William Furlong Michael Nyman chronology Decay Music
"The Masterwork" Award Winning Fish-Knife
'The Masterwork' Award Winning Fish-Knife is a 1979 performance sculpture by Paul Richards and Bruce McLean with music by Michael Nyman. The companion album is the second release by Michael Nyman and the first release including the Michael Nyman Band. It was released by Audio Arts magazine only on audiocassette, initially in a limited edition of 300 copies, although many more were produced which have the number boxes blank.
The artwork is a four-part theatre work that "deals with the consequences after the unveiling of the ultimate architectural masterwork, a 'model' for society." The four parts of the work are dance, dramatics, gymnastics, and contemporary sound, including music, dialogue, and noises, with each discipline utilized in a way to emphasize its unique qualities.
The first side of the album is the dialogue sculpture for four voices reducing to one. There are many voices, male and female, as many as four at once, none of whom are identified, but one is Michael Nyman. The voices comment on architecture, social class, welfare, Jimmy Carter, and the nature of art, among other things, often as arrogant or stentorian characters. There are complaints about 'The Masterwork,' particularly by a workaday architect who does not consider himself "slashed" with multiple disciplines. There is also brief mention of a "mirrored fish-knife." This portion of the album is a multitracked, overlaid studio production.
The second side is Furlong's edit of the music, known as "Masterwork Samples." The music bears "no necessary dramatic relation" to the dramatic structure of the performance sculpture, but the music's exposition is "truncated, short-circuited, accelerated or run continuously where later they may be fragmented." The music is based on permutations of an 8-chord model, including substitutions and interpolations.
The section "The Woman Who Had Everything" develops musical material from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K. 364, which Nyman would later use as a basis of material in Drowning by Numbers. Some of the music also formed the basis for Nyman's "M-Work" on Michael Nyman, as well as the of the opening titles music for The Falls.
The cassette cover announces that the world premiere of 'The Masterwork' Award Winning Fish-Knife would be given in November, 1979.
No one is credited on the album apart from Nyman, Richards, McLean, and Furlong, a group credit for the Michael Nyman Band, and E. Hallett &. Co. for the printing.
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