The poem describes what the heart desires most — pleasure. In lieu of it, it will seek leaving life without suffering pain, and then painkillers, sleep and finally death. Categories: Song. Tagged as: 90s , Film Score.
A Short Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s ‘The Heart asks Pleasure first’
The Heart Asks Pleasure First - Single by Michael Nyman, David de Miguel | Spotify
The film itself won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival in and went on to win several Oscars at the Academy Awards. Holly Hunter's role as Ada the film's central role was that of an elective mute who chose to communicate via her playing. If having the music feature so prominently in a film was unusual, for the music to additionally convey the dialogue of the main character is unique. The soundtrack of the film went on to become a multi million seller. The concert suite for The Piano as performed by The Michael Nyman Band also became a staple of the band's concert repertoire and has been performed all over the world with the composer taking the roles of pianist and conductor.
And then — to go to sleep — And then — if it should be The will of its Inquisitor The liberty to die —. But, failing that, the heart will settle for being excused from pain, and to live a life without suffering pain. The Inquisitor — some religious figure who may call to mind the ultimate Inquisitor, God or Death — is the only one who can help us then. Death is the great painkiller.
The original score was composed by Michael Nyman and is his twentieth album release. Despite being called a "soundtrack", this is a partial score re-recording, as Nyman himself also performs the piano on the album whereas the film version is performed by lead actress Holly Hunter. The album design and illustration are by Dave McKean. The music has been re-recorded numerous times by different artists, and became the basis of Nyman's composition, The Piano Concerto which debuted in Perhaps the most unusual rerecording is by conductor Bill Broughton and the Orchestra of the Americas —an orchestral version sans piano.