Chasing Sheep Is Best Left to Shepherds  

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Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds is a song from the soundtrack for The Draughtsman's Contract, written by Michael Nyman.

There are different arrangements of this piece, one of which is broadcast on Classic FM TV, performed by the Michael Nyman Band, which was not the original arrangement for the film.

Another different version was recorded by Wingates Band and comes from the Album "Nyman Brass".

In the original film, the piece was performed much more slowly than re-recorded versions. It did however have a similar arrangement, with a soprano saxophone with the lead melody. In the Wingates Band version, the melody is in the high range of the band.

In the Michael Nyman Band version, the bassline is in the piano, played by Michael Nyman himself, playing chords. In the Wingates Band version, it is running quavers in the tuba line.

It is also used in the opening titles of the 2006 film, A Cock and Bull Story.

The Divine Comedy rearranged the piece as the B-side to their 1998 single Generation Sex.

The song was used in an episode of the motoring show Top Gear, during a race from the studio in Dunsfold Park near Guildford to Casino Square, Monte Carlo between a Aston Martin DB9 and the Eurostar/TGV. (Series 4, Episode 1).



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