• Michael Nyman
  • AET (After Extra Time) (1996)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Written for the South Bank to celebrate the 1996 Football European Cup

Exclusive to the Michael Nyman Band
Unavailable for performance.

  • fl.ssx(asx).asx(tsx)tpt.hrn.trbpfebgtr2vn.va.vc
  • 20 min

Programme Note

The title AET plays with my wife’s (rare) first name, Aet, as it occasionally and bizarrely appears in football results: where cup matches have gone into extra time the letters (aet) are added after the result. It also refers to the fact that the piece was written in two stages - the ‘upper tier’ was completed in the summer of 1995, while the ‘lower tier’ was added in early 1996: a process which literally adds extra time since the 1996 additions were interweaved between the sections of the 1995 piece.

Thus AET could in principle be viewed as a five-a-side match - Team A comprises flute (doubling piccolo and baritone sax), soprano (doubling alto) sax, alto (doubling tenor) sax, viola and cello, while Team B features trumpet, horn, bass trombone and two violins. Piano and bass play with both teams, which after alternating at the start of the ‘match’, join together from time to time. (The two violins also occasionally contradict what the rest of the players are doing). AET could also be designated as Riff Athletic v Riff Rangers, since each team features its own riffs - Athletic mainly mid-range, Rangers in the bass register - and its own playing style (though the football parallel should not necessarily be taken too literally).

Michael Nyman 1996