On April 25-27, at the Garnisonskirken in Copenhagen, the Theatre of Voices with condutor Paul Hillier present music from the film The Great Beauty by director Paolo Sorrentino, featuring music by David Lang.

Lang's i lie, wed, head hear, and Simple Song #3 (from Sorrentino's YOUTH) will be performed alondside works by Arvo Pärt and Jóhann Jóhannson. 

just (after song of songs)

Now featured on the international bestselling album I See You by British band The xx.

Listen to The xx here

Listen to Lang's original work here

See the UK premiere at the Royal College of Music

Perform just (after song of songs) with your ensemble!

From January 7-14, the Prototype Festival presents the New York premiere of David Lang's anatomy theater, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, with set design by Mark Dion, direction by Bob McGrath, conductor Christopher Rountree and the International Contemporary Ensemble, plus Bill Morrison (video), Laurie Olinder (projection), Christopher Kuhl (lighting), and Alixandra Gage Englund (costumes).

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all.


By David Lang

September 22, 2016



click to read the NYT review

“...the score is a model of how music can animate words. The text is set with impressive clarity, and Mr. Gilfry sings every phrase with crisp diction and dramatic point, delivering phrases with virile energy, sudden bluster, or, during vulnerable moments, an aching confusion that takes you by surprise.”
— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

David Lang's the loser

the loser September 7-11, 2016. Brooklyn Academy of Music. Gilman Opera House.

He appears to float in the nothingness. Confined to a tall tower 20 feet above the seats, he is alone, broken, and has a story to tell.


On August 13, David Lang's the public domain was given its world premiere at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.

Read a selection of reviews of the performance, plus video of the show from the NY Times:

click here for New York Times review.

video from NY Times livestream:

NPR review:

On August 13, The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center gives the world premiere of David Lang's the public domain — a performance that not only welcomes the public as a free and open event, but will also be performed by the public. A piece inspired by the theme of the collective knowledge shared amongst us all, the new work is performed by 1,000 volunteer vocalists from throughout New York City, conducted by Simon Halsey, Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of the public domain is made possible in part by the generous support of Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

David Lang's Simple Song #3, written as part of the score for the film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, has been nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Original Song.


watch a featurette on Lang's music in Youth.

David Lang's Simple Song #3, written for Paolo Sorrentino's film Youth, has been nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for Best Original Song


Hi! David Lang here. I am very excited that today is the world premiere CD release of my opera the difficulty of crossing a field.  It is my most favorite piece that I have ever written, ever.  I mean it.  I am so happy about this CD.

Please click here to listen to the CD (password: Crossing2015) and here to buy the CD or the download!

And you can click here to listen to a podcast about it!


March 6 and 7, David Lang curates the 2015 New Music Dublin festival What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music

click for a free download of Lang's most recent choral work,
when we were children — a setting of a text from Saint Paul

Since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, David Lang's the little match girl passion has quickly joined the repertoire as a chamber work, a staged production, a work for full chorus, and a featured event on Christmas and Easter concerts around the world. Indeed, it has become a contemporary choral classic, having been sung more than 200 times in 28 countries. 



From September 19-21, David Lang is the composer-in-residence at the Carlsbad Music Festival, with his music being featured throughout the festival, including the US premiere of his choral work when we were children, performed by Sacra/Profana.

The festival also features the new string orchestra, Renga, conducted and organized by Steve Schick, in a performance of darker.

As well, Donald  Crockett and the USC Thornton Edge Ensemble performs increase.


David Lang is the composer-in-residence at Rotterdam's de Doelen center, with 11 concerts featuring Lang's music throughout the 2014/15 season:


David Lang Collected Stories Video

As part of the 2013/2014 Debs Chair composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall, David Lang has curated an amazing series of concerts to focus on the art of storytelling in music. From April 22-29, Carnegie Hall presents: Collected Stories

Lang comments on the mini-festival:


the little match girl passion

Since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, David Lang's the little match girl passionhas quickly joined the repertoire as a chamber work, a staged production, a work for full chorus, and a featured event on Christmas and Easter concerts around the world.

This season over 50 performances of the little match girl passion are being given by ensembles throughout North America, Europe and Australia, including the return of Donald Nally's The Crossing to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art


pain changes from David Lang's 'death speaks' from Red Poppy Music on Vimeo.

David's video for "pain changes" from death speaks premieres today on Additionally, death speaks is released today in limited edition vinyl.

Click here to purchase your copy!

Here is an interview about the video with David, conducted by Shara Worden:


click to hear BBC 'man made' broadcast

Hi Everyone!

I am really excited that my piece 'man made' for So Percussion and orchestra is now up on the BBC site, ready to be heard.  'man made'  was co-commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and it premiered this past May at the Barbican, played by So and the BBC Symphony, conducted by Jayce Ogren.

You have to listen fast - the recording is only posted this week!  Only 5 more days left!

Since I wrote the piece for my friends in So Percussion I wanted to take advantage of the things they like to do - create theatrical environments, use weird things you don't usually think of as instruments, play super hard music that is intricate, oddly emotional and sometimes very loud. 


the whisper opera

Secrets Found Online, Shared Softly
David Lang’s ‘whisper opera’ Mines Truths From the Web
By WILLIAM ROBIN, August 2, 2013
Opera and technology have long had an uneasy relationship. The one has always required the other — from the Baroque spectacle of 17th-century operas, with their deus-ex-machina gimmickry, to the stagecraft required to mount any contemporary production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.


the little match girl passion

From July 20 through August 22, 2013 Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY stages 2 works by David Lang, directed by Francesca Zambello. His Pulitzer Prize-winning choral work, the little match girl passion and a new work, when we were children, commissioned specifically for this performance by Glimmerglass Opera.  

August 10 - 13 Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and the International Contemporary Ensemble (Tony Arnold, soprano) present the New York premiere of David Lang's the whisper opera for soprano and four instrumentalists, directed by Jim Findlay.


Rome is the set for Torino Vocal Ensemble, as they record David's piece 'I lie' for Paolo Sorrentino's new film La Grande Bellezza, conducted by Carlo Boccadoro.  The film's soundtrack also includes David's 'world to come.'

Here's a short clip of the group behind the scenes:

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