Orchestra

symphony without a hero (2018) 30'

3.4.3.3/4.4.3.1/timp+3perc/hp/str

shade (2016) 20'

piano trio + strings

heavyweight (2015) 5'

2.2.2.2/4.3.3.0/timp.perc/strings

simple song #3 (2015) 6'

soprano, solo violin, 2,2,2,2/2,2,2,1/timp.perc/hp/str

mountain (2014) 13'

4.4.3+bcl.3+cbn/4.4.4.1/perc/timp/hp/str

man made (2013) 22'

solo percussion quartet
2(1pic).2.2(1bcl).2(1cbn)/4.3.2(1btbn).1/3perc.timp/hp.pno/str

wed (for string orchestra) (2013) 5'

strings

reason to believe (2011) 18'

Text by David Lang
three voices (ssa), 2+picc,2, 2, 2 / 4, 3, 2+btbn, 1 / harp, timp, 2 perc, strings

concerto (world to come) (2010) 24'

solo cello, 1,1,1+bcl,1/2,0,0,0/ 1 perc, strings

darker (2010) 60'

12 solo strings

statement to the court (2010) 10'

Text by Eugene Debs
SATB, strings, bass drum

pierced (2007) 15'

solo cello, solo piano, solo percussion, strings

loud love songs (2004) 18'

solo perc,1,2,2,2/2111/timp,3perc,pf/str

how to pray, for orchestra (2002) 10'

3,2,2+bcl,3/4331/timp,3perc,pf/str

the passing measures (1998) 45'

solo bcl, 8 alto voices,0000/4331/4perc.2pf.eb/8 or more vc.2 or more db; amp

grind to a halt (1996) 11'

2+pic,3,2+bcl,2+cbn/4331/timp,4perc,hp,pf/str

international business machine (1990) 5'

2+pic,3,3,3/4331/4perc,hp,cel/str

eating living monkeys (1985, rev. 1987) 8'

3+pic.3+ca.3+bcl.3/4.3.3.1/4perc/hp.pf/str

Large Ensemble

questionnaire (2015) 20'

120 guitars

simple song #3 (arr. chamber ensemble) (2015) 6'

soprano, solo violin, 1,1,0,0/1,0,0,0/2 perc/hp or pno/optional synth/1,1,1,1,1

my international (2012) 4'

text by David Lang (after Eugene Pottier)
picc, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tba, pno, vibraphone, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb

forced march (2008) 10'

fl, bcl, tbn, pno, perc, egtr, vln,va,vc,db; amp

pierced (2007) 15'

solo cello, solo piano, solo percussion, strings

o isis and osiris (2005) 4'

2 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp

writing on water (2005) 32'

Text by Peter Greenaway
3 voices (2 bar, 1 bass); 0.0.0.0/1.1.1.0/pno.2perc.egtr.eb/va.vc; amp

increase (2002) 11'

fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,tpt,tbn,pno,synth,2 perc,2 vln,va,vc,db; amp

men (2001) 45'

tbn solo, eh, bcl, bar sax, 2 pf, 2 perc, va, vc, db; all amplified

I fought the law (1998) 6'

pic,ob,ebcl,tpt,vn,va,vc,db, two pieces of junk metal (1 or 2 players)

street (1994) 8'

fl, 3 sop sx, hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, pno, e bs (amplified)

slow movement (1993) 25'

2fl.0.3(asax.ten sax.bar sax).0/0.0.0.0/perc, 2kbd.acn.2egtr.eb/vn.vc; all amplified

my evil twin (1992) 11'

0.0.3.0/2.0.0.0/hp.eorg.eb.perc/2va.2vc

are you experienced? (1987) 23'

Text by David Lang
narr, tuba solo, fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, egtr, pf/syn, perc, va, vc, db

spud (1986) 10'

fl,ob,cl(bcl),hn,timp,vn,va,vc,db

hammer amour (1978, rev. 1989) 10'

pf solo, 2 fl, 2 cl, 2 hn, tpt, tbn, perc

Chamber Ensemble

almost all the time (2014) 18'

string quartet

just (after song of songs) (2014) 13'

SSA + perc, vla, vc

wed (arr. for brass quintet) (2013) 5'

2 trumpets in C, horn in F, trombone, tuba or bass trombone

ark luggage (2012) 9'

Text by Peter Greenaway
for soprano and string quartet

ark luggage (arr. pno/soprano) (2012) 9'

Text by Peter Greenaway
for soprano and piano

death speaks (2012) 26'

Text by David Lang
soprano, vln, egtr, pno - all amplified

unused swan (2012) 5'

cl, egtr, perc, pno, vc, db

bristle (2011) 4'

for 2 or more double basses

involuntary (2011) 4'

2 piccolos, 2 trumpets in C, 1 drummer

these broken wings (2008) 16'

fl/pc,cl/bcl,pf,vn,vc,perc

revolutionary etudes (2006) 22'

saxophone quartet (satb)

sunray (2006) 11'

cl, e gtr, pf, perc, vc, cb

breathless (2003) 12'

wind quintet

depart (2002) 18'

vc, 4 vocals

how to pray, for chamber ensemble (2002) 9'

vc, pno, rock organ, e gtr, drums

the so-called laws of nature (2002) 32'

percussion quartet

child (2001) 42'

my very empty mouth, sweet air, short fall, stick figure, and little eye
fl(pic),cl(bcl),perc,vn,va,vc,pf

stick figure (2001) 10'

cl,pf,vc, perc and 1 or 2 non-percussionists

pay me now (2000) 2'

soprano, viola, cello, bass

short fall (2000) 4'

picc,pf,vn,vc

little eye (1999) 7'

cello and four non-percussionists

my very empty mouth (1999) 13'

fl,bcl,pf,vn,va,vc

sweet air (1999) 8'

fl,cl,pf,vn,vc

wed (arr. string quartet) (1995) 11'

string quartet

cheating, lying, stealing (1993, rev. 1995) 11'

bcl,vc,pf,perc,and 2 antiphonal brake drums

face so pale (1992) 9'

6 pianos

music for gracious living (1992, rev. 1996) 22'

Text by Deborah Artman
actor, string quartet

burn notice (1988) 7'

fl,vc,pf or vn,vc,pf

dance/drop (1987, rev. 1997) 11'

bn,bar sax,pf,syn,perc (also available for fl,bcl,pf,vn,vc,perc)

frag (1984) 7'

fl,ob,vc

Solo/Duo

spring and greene (2017) 3'

piano

broken (2016) 5'

treble viol and viola (or, alternatively, for viola duet)

sleeper's prayer (2016) 7'

treble voice and organ

the day (2016) 30'

solo cello + playblack

bell (2015) 6'

solo piano

hard hit (2015) 4'

solo piano

low resolution (2015) 3'

violin solo

simple song #3 (arr. piano/vocal) (2015) 6'

soprano, piano

touch not the cat (2015) 2'

solo percussion (tambourine)
Text by David Lang

white, or fair (2015) 4'

cello solo

mystery sonatas (2014) 45'

solo violin

winter piano (2014) 3'

piano

ornament and reproach (2013) 3'

solo piano

before gravity (2012) 3'

piano 4-hands

light moving (2012) 4'

violin, piano

ordinary (2012) 3'

organ

wavy (2012) 3'

piano 6-hands

stuttered chant (2011) 4'

cello and percussion, in unison

undanceable (2010) 3'

piano and cello

killer (2009) 5'

electric violin, kick drum, pre-recorded audio

lend/lease (2008) 3'

piccolo and percussion

table of contents (2008) 8'

percussion duo

after gravity (2007) 5'

piano 4-hands, or two pianos

string of pearls (2006) 9'

solo marimba

warmth (2006) 7'

electric guitar duet

gravity (2005) 8'

piano four hands, or two pianos

unchained melody (2004) 7'

solo percussion

this was written by hand (2003) 9'

piano solo

world to come (2003) 24'

solo cello, plus prerecorded cellos

boy (2001) 3'

piano solo

I feel pretty (2001) 5'

double bass solo

diet coke (1999) 2'

piano

grind (1999) 2'

piano

beach (1997) 9'

piano solo

broken door (1997) 5'

piano solo

cello (1997) 5'

piano solo

scraping song (1997, rev. 2001) 9'

solo percussion

miracle ear (1996) 4'

toy piano and metal pipes; for one player - who may be either a toy pianist or a percussionist

thorn (1993) 5'

flute solo

cage (1992) 3'

solo piano

memory pieces (1992) 30'

piano solo

press release (1992) 10'

bass clarinet

wed (1992) 5'

piano solo

the anvil chorus (1991) 7'

solo percussion

vent (1990) 7'

flute and piano

orpheus over and under (1989) 18'

piano duo

while nailing at random (1983) 10'

piano solo

illumination rounds (1981) 10'

violin and piano

Opera/Music Theater

the loser (2016) 60'

baritone, piano, chamber ensemble

anatomy theater (2016) 75'

Mezzo,Ten,Bar,Bass, fl(picc),cl(bcl),tpt,perc,pf(acc),vn,va,vc,db

the whisper opera (2013) 60'

text by David Lang
soprano; flute, clarinet, percussion, cello

love fail (2012) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)
SSAA playing simple percussion instruments

love fail (arr. for women's chorus) (2012) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)
SSAA chorus (or 8 solo women singers) playing simple percussion instruments

Water (2008) 76'

music and text by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
SATB, 1.1.1.1(cbn)/1.1.1.0/2perc/pf/egtr/str(1.1.1.1.1) [all instruments and voices amplified]

Shelter (2005) 65'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
text by Deborah Artman
3 Sop, fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tba, pno, egtr, eb, perc, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb [all instruments and voices amplified]

the difficulty of crossing a field (2002) 75'

Text by Mac Wellman
Sop, Mezzo,Ten,Bar,B,small chor, string quartet

Lost Objects (2001) 62'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
Text by Deborah Artman
Sop, 2 countertenors, small chor, DJ, baroque orch, egtr, eb, perc, synth [all instruments and voices amplified]

The Carbon Copy Building (1999) 72'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
Text by Ben Katchor
Cast: Ms, T, Bar, Bar/Ct
cl(bcl, cbcl, ssx)/perc/syn/egtr [all instruments and voices amplified]

modern painters (1995) 110'

Text by Manuella Halterhoff
major roles: Bar, lyric Sop, Ten, Mz Sop, dramatic Ten, character Sop, Bass;
and 3 Ten, Sop, 2Bar, Bass, silent girl, chorus
2(pic)2(ca)2(bcl)2/4220/2perc/pf(syn).hp/str

Chorus/Vocal

a house (2016) 18'

SATB
text by David Lang

make peace (2016) 3'

SATB

memorial ground (2016) 30'

massed singers and soloists

solitary (2016) 10'

SATB

the public domain (2016) 30'

1000 singers

last spring (2015) 5'

ssaattbb
words and music by david lang (after aasmund olavsson vinje)

manifesto (2015) 4'

Text by David Lang
male choir

simple song #3 (2015) 6'

soprano, solo violin, 2,2,2,2/2,2,2,1/timp.perc/hp/str

simple song #3 (arr. chamber ensemble) (2015) 6'

soprano, solo violin, 1,1,0,0/1,0,0,0/2 perc/hp or pno/optional synth/1,1,1,1,1

simple song #3 (arr. piano/vocal) (2015) 6'

soprano, piano

when I am alone (2015) 30'

mumbling choir

where you go (2015) 8'

Text by David Lang after the Book of Ruth
chamber choir or 12 solo voices - SSS AAA TTT BBB

crowd out (2014) 40'

1000 people yelling

just (after song of songs) (2014) 13'

SSA + perc, vla, vc

the national anthems (2014) 24'

Text by David Lang
SATB + string quartet

when we were children (2013) 9'

Text by David Lang
for chamber choir

ark luggage (2012) 9'

Text by Peter Greenaway
for soprano and string quartet

ark luggage (arr. pno/soprano) (2012) 9'

Text by Peter Greenaway
for soprano and piano

death speaks (2012) 26'

Text by David Lang
soprano, vln, egtr, pno - all amplified

head heart (2012) 4'

SSAA

love fail (2012) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)
SSAA playing simple percussion instruments

love fail (arr. for women's chorus) (2012) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)
SSAA chorus (or 8 solo women singers) playing simple percussion instruments

where the bee sucks (2012) 3'

voice and piano