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the little match girl passion (2007) 35'

Text by David Lang (after H.C. Andersen, H.P. Paulli, Picander and Saint Matthew)

4 voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion

Carnegie Hall Corporation and The Perth Theater and Concert Hall for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices

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BOMB Magazine

December 1, 2012

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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…

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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]

Dresden Festival

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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]

Settembre Musica Festival and the city council of Turin, Italy, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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 Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, musikFabrik and Kunstiftung NRW

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Biography

“With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.”
— The New Yorker

Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms…

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