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 was co-commissioned by The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2012 Next Wave Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The John F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University, and Hancher Performances at the University of Iowa. 

movement 4, the wood and the vine, was commissioned by The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, The University of California at Riverside, and the Santa Fe Concert Association in Santa FE,NM.

movement 10, I live in pain, in a different version, was originally written for “The Crossing,” Donald Nally, conductor.


First Performer: 

Anonymous 4: 6/29/2012 -- International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Yale Repertory Theatre; New Haven, CT

love fail may be performed as a staged version or a concert version.


Anonymous 4
Cantaloupe Music
Quince Ensemble

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Instruments:  Percussion   Voice 
Ensembles:  Anonymous 4