Percussion

Works

''anatomy theater'' is about the human body—its inside, to be specific. In fact, ''anatomy theater'' questions the history of a kind of human meaning: what is the historic...
In 'Youth' Paolo Sorrentino had the great idea to make a movie about a composer, who is played in the film by Michael Caine...
just (after song of songs) is a setting of a text I made by finding certain things in the Song of Songs. The original text is of course the most passionate and erotic of the...
I have worked with So Percussion for a very long time now and I know them really well.  When I got the opportunity to write a concerto for them I wanted to make it...
Almost all the music you could ever want is on the internet right now, recorded perfectly and played perfectly and accessible immediately, 24 hours a day.  On the one hand...
love fail is a meditation on the timelessness of love that weaves together details from medieval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde with stories from more modern...
love fail is a meditation on the timelessness of love that weaves together details from medieval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde with stories from more modern...
When I was approached to write a fanfare for the opening of DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York I trolled my memory for all the fanfares I had played in my life. I am a...
the percussionist also plays a cello. the cellist and the percussionist sit side by side - playing, sitting and moving rhythmically in unison. the percussionist uses only her...
The Woodmans, winner of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, features a score by David Lang, performed by So Percussion. The soundtrack is comprised of all new works specifically for...
'battle hymns' is a large scale collection of songs about war.Commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company for a performance in an old armory...
I wrote a melody that I really liked. It seemed to go on forever, never repeating exactly, never locating in a particular place, never giving away too much about its shape, or...
The United Kingdom was actively engaged in World War II for two years before the United States became involved. During those two years many Americans wanted to help the war effort...
Writing table of contents was suggested to me by the percussion duo formed by Doug Perkins and Todd Meehan, both of whom I knew well from their days as members of So Percussion....
The three movements of these broken wings concentrate on three different physical and musical challenges. The first movement consists of music that requires incredible stamina and...
pierced was commissioned by the ensemble Real Quiet – Felix Fan, cello, David Cossin, percussion and Andy Russo, piano, as a concerto for their ensemble and string orchestra. I...
I wanted to tell a story. A particular story — in fact, the story of The Little Match Girl by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The original is ostensibly for children,...
string of pearls evolved out of a commission from a consortium of amazing percussionists, most of whom I have had the honor of working with closely over the years. I had the idea...
''O Isis and Osiris'' is Sarastro’s aria at the start of Act 2 of The Magic Flute, in which he calls upon his gods to watch over the trials to which our hero Tamino will be...
loud love songs is about love, and about the struggle for love. My goal was to make an overtly emotional work out of very unlikely materials, focusing on percussion instruments...
I went to college to study science. I was expected to become a doctor, or at the very least a medical researcher, and I spent much of my undergraduate years studying math and...
child is my attempt to examine certain experiences as I remember (and misremember) them from my childhood. Each of the individual moments is in some way a memory of how I learned...
A child learns to draw by drawing lines. In the hands of a child a person is a stick figure, a skeletal intersection of stark lines, stripped of flesh, without subtle details....
I wanted to write a piece in which a large amount of effort was expended to go a very small distance. ''short fall'' is that piece. Underneath all the activity in ''short fall''...
Small children get bored easily when traveling long distances by car. One way to distract them is to play the game I spy with my little eye, in which you look out the window and...
miracel ear was written for Margaret Leng Tan and is dedicated to my father, Daniel Lang, in honor of his seventieth birthday.miracel ear is the name of a brand of hearing aid...
I said something mean to a friend of mine once. My only excuse was that it must have been my evil twin who had said such a horrible thing. I immediately started thinking about how...
''dance/drop'' is an arrangement of the two instrumental movements from my piece ''are you experienced?'' for narrator, electric tuba and large ensemble. In ''are you experienced...
[The potato] begins its life at its most coherent, losing its shape and substance with the growth of its sprouts. The sprouts will, of course, become other potato plants, but,...

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