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My piece if I sing (after psalm 101) was commissioned by the Nederlands Kamerkoor, as part of its project to sing musical versions of all 150 psalms. It has always seemed to me...
a house was commissioned by Northwestern University, to honor the opening of their new music building, the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. This is a big responsibility for a...
''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...
The text for make peace is a rewriting of the last section of the Kaddish, the prayer that Jews say in memory of the dead. It is dedicated to the memory of my uncle,  Herbert...
In 2014 I wrote a piece for 1000 voices, called crowd out. It was mostly 1000 people yelling, but it had some speaking, singing, whispering, clapping and movement in it, and...
last spring was written for the Edvard Grieg Kor in Bergen, Norway. I had the idea to make something out of the text that Grieg had used, in what is probably his most famous...
manifesto was commissioned by Cantus Vocal Ensemble for a concert about love. It is a subject I am very curious about, and, as I so often do, I went to the internet to find out...
In 'Youth' Paolo Sorrentino had the great idea to make a movie about a composer, who is played in the film by Michael Caine...
In 'Youth' Paolo Sorrentino had the great idea to make a movie about a composer, who is played in the film by Michael Caine...
In 'Youth' Paolo Sorrentino had the great idea to make a movie about a composer, who is played in the film by Michael Caine...
where you go is a rewriting of what I remember as my favorite part of the biblical Book of Ruth, the famous lines where Ruth tells Naomi that she will stay with her forever. I say...
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...
Every country has a history – how it came to be, how its wars were won or lost, how strong its people are, or how proud, or how sad.  We group ourselves into nations, but 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...
In 2005 I did a project with the English artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway, called writing on water. It was a kind of circus, with live calligraphy, live multi-screen video and...
In 2005 I did a project with the English artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway, called writing on water. It was a kind of circus, with live calligraphy, live multi-screen video and...
death speaks was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Stanford Lively Arts, specifically to go on a program with the little match girl passion. The opportunity came without many...
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...
I wrote 'i live in pain' as a present for my friends Donald Nally and the excellent Philadephia chorus ‘the crossing.’ The piece is a love song, and the text describes an intense...
My piece ‘I never’ was commissioned by the Sage Gateshead for the Northern Sinfonia Chorus and premiered in November 2010. It was commissioned specifically to be a companion to...
The choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson asked me to write a contemporary spiritual, for a program that he was designing for his chorus Conspirare. My understanding of his concept...
For various different reasons, when Donald Nally contacted me and asked if I would write a work for his choir, The Crossing, I got it into my head that I wanted to do something...
after stephen foster is a suite of three movements from a larger piece, called battle hymns, which was commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Alan Harler, Music...
'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...
In Eight Parts:Water (Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe)1. My Soul (David Lang)2. Water Instrumental (Heavy Water) (Michael Gordon)3. He Saw a Skull (Michael Gordon)4....
words and music by david langafter genesis, chapter 1I wanted to make a piece about the creation story but I didn't want to highlight one religion's or culture's narrative over...
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,...
words and music by david langafter ecclesiastesagain (after ecclesiates) is a setting of a few lines from the beginning of the Book of Ecclesiastes, freely adapted by me....
In classical music, it is quite unusual for composers to collaborate, but it wasn't like that among Flemish Renaissance painters –– if the painter in the studio next door did...
In classical music, it is quite unusual for composers to collaborate, but it wasn't like that among Flemish Renaissance painters –– if the painter in the studio next door did...
My piece depart is also a meditation on death. A group of doctors in a French hospital felt frustrated that they could do so little to comfort the relatives of the departed. They...
Synopsis: A slave owner in the pre-civil war American South walks across his field and disappears, in plain view of his family, his neighbors and his slaves, forever altering the...
words by joseph rolnickmusic by david langI lie was commissioned by the California vocal ensemble Kitka, in part with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. I have a long...
Lost Objects is a musical exploration of the meaning of memory. With the spine of a baroque oratorio layered with the muscle of modern times, it is a powerful monument to the loss...
The Carbon Copy Building is a dynamic and visually stunning trip through the gritty underside of urban life. Words and drawings by celebrated New Yorker comic-strip artist and...
I think one of the reasons our commercial culture likes all music to be fast and snappy is because in fast music it is harder to recognize the passing of time. You listen to the...

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