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David Lang

January 8, 1957 -
born in Los Angeles, CA, composed during the Contemporary period
David Lang has often been categorized as a post-minimalist, but his style is deeper and more complex than that term might suggest: though he has broadened minimalist techniques like other post-minimalists, he has employed a variety of disparate elements in his compositions, including rock and Bachian compositional forms. Lang won a Pulizter Prize for his choral composition The Little Match Stick Girl Passion (2007), a work formally modeled on Bach's St. Matthew Passion but containing music so highly individual that some critics expressed astonishment at how to categorize or describe its imaginative character. Lang's music can seem harmonically and rhythmically static, with seemingly little going on, as in How to Pray (2002) and Men (2001), both pieces being part of a visual/musical work called Elevated. Yet his admirers will assert there is much profundity beneath the surface of his music, and many critics will agree. Lang has also collaborated with other composers on large works, as he did with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon on The Carbon Copy Building (1999), a so-called comic-strip opera, which was awarded the Village Voice OBIE Award in 2000. Lang's works have been issued on a variety of labels, including BMG, Cantaloupe, Chandos, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Sony Classical, and others.

Lang was born in Los Angeles, CA, on January 8, 1957. He studied music at Stanford, University of Iowa, and Yale. His list of teachers is impressive: Jacob Druckman, Hans Werner Henze, and Martin Bresnick are just three of the most prominent. In 1980 and 1981 Lang received student composer awards from the BMI Foundation. He relocated to New York and gradually gained recognition. In 1987 he co-founded, with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Bang On A Can, an organization promoting new and eclectic music, often presented in marathon concerts.

In 1999 Lang drew notice for his opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, a work whose libretto was inspired by an Ambrose Bierce short story. The piece was scored for and premiered by the Kronos Quartet, with vocal soloists. Lang continued drawing notice in the new century with works like Fur (2004), for piano and orchestra. Most of his larger works came as the result of important commissions, including The Little Match Stick Girl Passion, which was a co-commission from the Carnegie Corporation and the Perth Theater and Concert Hall. Since 2008 Lang has been teaching composition at Yale University Music School. ~ Robert Cummings, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Death Speaks

Title: Death Speaks

1. Death Speaks: I. You Will Return

2. Death Speaks: II. I Hear You

3. Death Speaks: III. Mist Is Rising

4. Death Speaks: IV. Pain Changes

5. Death Speaks: V. I Am Walking

Title: Depart

6. Depart: Depart

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Track List: Elevated

1. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Wed

2. How To Pray, For Cello, Piano, Electric Guitar & Drums: How To Pray

3. Men, For Trombone & Ensemble: Men

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Track List: David Lang: Child

1. My Very Empty Mouth, For Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano: My Very Empty Mouth

2. Sweet Air, For Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano: Sweet Air

3. Short Fall, For Piccolo, Violin, Cello & Piano: Short Fall

4. Stick Figure, For Clarinet, Piano, Percussion, Cello & 2 Non-percussionists: Stick Figure

5. Little Eye, For Cello & 4 Non-percussionists: Little Eye

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Track List: David Lang: Are You Experienced?

Title: Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble

1. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: On Being Hit On The Head

2. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: Dance

3. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: On Being Hit On The Head, Reprise

4. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: On Hearing The Voice Of God

5. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: Drop

6. Are You Experienced? For Electric Tuba, Narrator & Ensemble: On Hearing The Siren's Song

Title: Orpheus Over And Under, For 2 Pianos

7. Orpheus Over And Under, For 2 Pianos: Aria

8. Orpheus Over And Under, For 2 Pianos: Chorale

Title: Spud

9. Spud: Spud

Title: Illumination Rounds, For Violin & Piano

10. Illumination Rounds, For Violin & Piano: Illumination Rounds

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Track List: David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion

Title: The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus

1. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Come, Daughter

2. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: It Was Terribly Cold

3. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Dearest Heart

4. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: In An Old Apron

5. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Penance And Remorse

6. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Lights Were Shining

7. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Patience, Patience!

8. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Ah! Perhaps

9. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Have Mercy, My God

10. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: She Lighted Another Match

11. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: From The Sixth Hour

12. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: She Again Rubbed A Match

13. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: When It Is Time For Me To Go

14. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: In The Dawn Of Morning

15. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: We Sit And Cry

Title: For Love Is Strong, For Chorus

16. For Love Is Strong, For Chorus: For Love Is Strong

Title: I Lie, For Chorus

17. I Lie, For Chorus: I Lie

Title: Evening Morning Day, For Chorus

18. Evening Morning Day, For Chorus: Evening Morning Day

Title: Again (after Eclesiastes), For Chorus

19. Again (after Eclesiastes), For Chorus: Again (After Ecclesiastes)

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Track List: David Lang: The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion

Title: The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet

1. The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet: Our Land With Peace

2. The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet: Our Hearts Are Glowing

3. The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet: Fame And Glory

4. The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet: Keep Us Free

5. The National Anthems, for chorus & string quartet: Our Common Fate

Title: The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus

6. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Come, Daughter

7. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: It Was Terribly Cold

8. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Dearest Heart

9. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: In An Old Apron

10. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Penance And Remorse

11. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Lights Were Shining

12. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Patience, Patience!

13. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Ah! Perhaps

14. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: Have Mercy, My God

15. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: She Lighted Another Match

16. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: From The Sixth Hour

17. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: She Again Rubbed A Match

18. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: When It Is Time For Me To Go

19. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: In The Dawn Of Morning

20. The Little Match Girl Passion, For Chorus: We Sit And Cry

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Track List: David Lang: This Was Written By Hand

Title: This Was Written By Hand, For Piano

1. This Was Written By Hand, For Piano: This Was Written By Hand

Title: Memory Pieces, For Piano

2. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Cage (In Memory Of John Cage)

3. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Spartan Arc (In Memory Of Yvar Mikhasoff)

4. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Wed (In Memory Of Kate Ericson)

5. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Grind (In Memory Of Jacob Druckman)

6. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Diet Coke (In Memory Of Bette Snapp)

7. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Cello (In Memory Of Anna Cholakian)

8. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Wiggle (In Memory Of Frank Wigglesworth)

9. Memory Pieces, For Piano: Beach (In Memory Of David Huntley)

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Track List: Lang: The Woodmans - Music From The Film

Title: The Woodmans, Film Score

1. The Woodmans, Film Score: Titles

2. The Woodmans, Film Score: Pot Melody

3. The Woodmans, Film Score: Dreamer

4. The Woodmans, Film Score: Sweetness

5. The Woodmans, Film Score: Tune

6. The Woodmans, Film Score: Chords

7. The Woodmans, Film Score: Scale

8. The Woodmans, Film Score: Oscillation

9. The Woodmans, Film Score: Optimism

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Lang brings something that is new and fresh to the table of contemporary music. Thank you David for your amazing insights into the current classical music scene!

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