David Lang is the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music for The Little Match Girl Passion. The Little Match Girl Passion was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier.
One of America’s most performed and honored composers, David Lang's recent works include Writing On Water for the London Sinfonietta, with libretto and visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, a fully staged opera for the Kronos Quartet, staged by Carey Perloff and the American Conservatory Theater; Loud Love Songs, a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the oratorio Shelter, with co-composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, staged by Ridge Theater and featuring the Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval.
Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.
Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music of Julia Wolfe, Arnold Schoenberg and Glenn Branca.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.
Q2 Music recently presented a live webcast of the sold-out show, "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich," from the Museum of Modern Art.
It began 25 years ago as a one-day, 12-hour marathon of unknown music – and today, it’s a major force in new classical music. Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang joins us to talk about the past, present and future of the organization.
One of my high-school jobs was as a stock boy in a classical music record store. A perk of this job was that I got great discounts on records and I would buy anything that caught my attention. One day around 1973 I noticed a Columbia Records release with a violin in a rainstorm on the cover. It was a recording of two recent pieces - Violin Phase and It's Gonna Rain. I bought it.
WNYC's John Schaefer talks to the composer about his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece "Little Match Girl Passion" and the story that influenced him.
It’s part Bach, part Hans Christian Andersen and whole lot of New York. The New York Virtuoso Singers performed the choral version of the composer's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion Sunday night at The Greene Space.
I am getting very excited about the American premiere of the chorus version of my piece The Little Match Girl Passion, which takes place in The Greene Space and live on WNYC and Q2 with John Schaefer this Sunday night.
As part of our weekly series "Seven Sins: The Deadly Medley," we look at how wrath is manifested in music and lyrics. Washington Post pop music critic J. Freedom du Lac and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang (creator of such sinful-sounding works like "Cheating, Lying, Stealing") join us to show ...