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involuntary (2011) 4'
2 piccolos, 2 trumpets in C, 1 drummer
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, for the opening of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music
note to a friend (2023) 60'
chamber opera for a singer and string quartet
baritone with string quartet
Japan Society, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
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David Lang is one of the most thoughtful composers working today. His music is consistently probing, emotionally urgent, strange, and beautiful. It is also getting simpler as the years roll on—a sign that the mind behind it is undergoing a kind of ritualistic purification. I’ve been obsessed with David’s music since I bought a recording by mail order of his piece cheating lying stealing when I was in high school, and I have written a piano piece called David Lang Needs a Hug…continue reading
symphony without a hero (2017) 28'
David Lang Wants to Be More Superficial
In 1987, David Lang was a 30-year-old composer and doctoral student who, with his Yale buddies Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, founded Bang on a Can, a scruffy organization dedicated to the proposition that all musics are created equal. These days, Lang is an eminence: Pulitzer Prize winner, member of the Yale faculty, and composer in residence at Carnegie Hall for 2013-14. Justin Davidson talked with him midway through “collected stories,” a six-concert festival he curated at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and days before the release of his recordinglove/fail…continue reading
a house (2016) 18'
text by David Lang
‘the little match girl passion’ returns to the Met Museum
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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…continue reading