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May 20, 2014

By Justin Davidson

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.

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.

Nico Muhly So you’re going to San Francisco?

February 1, 2012

Listen to an interview with Paul Lazar.

David describes the epiphany he had at nine years old that lead to his life as a composer. He and Paul have a fun, freewheeling conversation amidst excerpts of David's music, with a little Steve Reich thrown in as well.

July 9, 2009

David Lang visits the WNYC studio for this edition of New Sounds. Featured are his Pultizer Prize-winning piece ''the little match girl passion,'' and other recent recordings.

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June 8, 2009

By Molly Sheridan

''I wanted to tell a story,'' writes David Lang, introducing the new recording (just out on Harmonia Mundi) of his 2008 Pulitzer-Prize winner the little match girl passion. Such a simple and powerful desire; such a simple and powerful story to tell. (...)

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March 31, 2009

By Collin Rae

October 25, 2008

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, and it has that shocking combination of danger and morality that many famous children’s stories do. A poor young girl, whose father beats her, tries unsuccessfully to sell matches on the street, is ignored, and freezes to death.

Sequenza 21
September 5, 2008

By Galen H. Brown

On November 3rd, I sat down with David Lang at a cafe in Downtown Manhattan. I recorded the interview (on my iPod) intending to transcribe it, but the audio, while still marred by a lot of background noise, is actually listenable. (...)

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August 21, 2008

For the past several years, classical music composers have gathered to share their more eclectic scores at the 'Bang on a Can' festival in North Adams, Mass. Jeffrey Brown explores the origins of the event.

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June 1, 2008

The Wordless Music Series pairs rock and electronic musicians with more traditional chamber and new music performers, to create an entirely new concert experience.

Episode One: Mihailova/Electrik Company/Do Make Say Think/Greenwood
Jad Abumrad hosts, joined by David Lang

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April 7, 2008

By Tom Huizenga

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David Lang, a New York-based composer, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with his piece, The Little Match Girl Passion, based on the children's story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Lang's music makes a big impact with small forces. The piece is scored for only four voices and a few percussion instruments, played by the singers. They sing the sad story of a little girl who freezes to death selling matches on the street during a cold winter's night

January 29, 2008

Imagine that you're a composer. Imagine getting this commission: ''Please write us a song that will allow family members to face the death of a loved one…'' Well, composer David Lang had to do just that when a hospital in Garches, France, asked him to write music for their morgue, or ''Salle Des Departs.''

What do you do? What should death sound like?

Producer Jocelyn Gonzales brings us this piece about David Lang and his commission for the ''Salle Des Departs.''

December 14, 2004

David Lang and Phil Kline re-imagine Handel with their Messiah Remix.

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October 13, 2003

A moving and inspirational feature about an extraordinary humanitarian project to create a musical and artistic space in a hospital morgue.

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June 7, 2003

On this edition of New Sounds, composer David Lang presents his CD-length ambient concerto, ''the passing measures.'' The new album is a most unusual concerto for bass clarinet, chorus, and orchestra that explores mortality, time, and the function of music. As Lang explains, ''My piece is about the struggle to create beauty. A single very consonant chord falls slowly over the course of forty minutes. That is the piece.''

February 14, 1998

Oral History of American Music (OHAM) is the only ongoing project in the field of music dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral and video memoirs in the voices of the creative musicians of our century.

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