For this experimental film, Nyman had the idea of building his music for the marriage masque scene experimentally, layering Voices by different sorts of singers to build texture. He arranged the work for brass quintet almost immediately in 1991.
Nyman is a contemporary British composer of richly layered, modular minimalist pieces, often incorporating period instruments or instrumentation outside the normal Orchestral offerings. He is particularly well known for his film scores, including The Piano, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Prospero’s Books and The Claim, among many others. His work is widely performed and recorded.