Episode #3404

David Lang's "love fail"

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang had just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion.  But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.

Using ancient and modern texts, including medieval courtly love narratives, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and other sources, Lang strips away the dated references to dragons and the like, to retell a universal love story, both found and unfulfilled. For this New Sounds, Lang explains where the work has come from and where it is headed.  Listen to Anonymous 4 perform excerpts from the work

PROGRAM #3404, love fail, with David Lang and A4  (First aired on 12/06/2012)                                  





David Lang, Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier


The Little Match Girl Passion

It was terribly cold, excerpt [1:00]

Harmonia Mundi 807496

David Lang/ Anonymous 4

Rehearsal recording

love fail: You Will Love Me [2:37]

This performance not commercially available.

David Lang/ Anonymous 4

Live, WNYC Dec. 6, 2012

love fail: He was She was [8:30]
love fail: Wood And Vine [8:20]
Head Heart [3:35]

This performance not commercially available.

RIAS Chamber Chorus,
Bang on a Can Lost, Objects Ensemble,
Concerto Koln,
Roger Epple, cond.

Lost Objects

M Gordon/D Lang/J Wolfe: Lost Objects - We Were Enveloped [7:27]

Teldec 84107
Available at


Neil Rolnick Gropius House cover

Music Inspired by Architecture (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by  architecture.  Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson. (Walter Gropius was an influential architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, whose Massachusetts residence was carefully designed both in the structure as well as the grounds, which included a Japanese garden.)


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