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Guide to the music of David Lang

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David Lang © Peter Serling
David Lang
© Peter Serling
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Year of birth1957
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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LiverpoolPiano Circus

Piano Circus
Richter, Reich, Lang, Hamelin, Fitkin
pianocircus

LondonVelocity – Icebreaker

© Lukas Binder
Meredith, Gordon, Whitty, Lang, Andriessen
Icebreaker

Los AngelesThe Loser

Lang: The Loser
David Lang; LA Opera; Jim Findlay; Suzanne Bocanegra

LondonPoem of Ecstasy

Lang, Manoury, Shin, Scriabin
London Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Simon Halsey
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Morlot conducts in Seattle, with and without heroes

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa Marie Mazzucco
In yet another intriguing programming maneuver, Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot devoted this weekend’s performances to the subject of heroism.
***11
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Prom 44: Michael Gordon's genre-defying Big Space

Members of the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble perform Big Space © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Well known for their genre-busting and boundary-defying music, Bang on the Can delivered a splendid Late Night Prom.
*****
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A ghost of an opera at BAM

Rod Gilfry in the loser © Richard Termine
David Lang’s new opera the loser opened the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Wednesday night, but simply lacked theatricality.
*1111
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Hahn sparkles in a varied programme at Wigmore Hall

Hilary Hahn © Michael Patrick O'Leary
With a programme spanning from Bach through Schumann, Cage, all the way to Lera Auerbach and David Lang, Hilary Hahn shows she is on top form alongside pianist Cory Smythe.
****1
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contemporary interview 2014

David Lang: Music for Dance and Film

David Lang © Peter Serling
This October, Bachtrack is speaking to composers and choreographers around the world about their music, their artistic approach and everything contemporary. Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang kindly answered our call and gave us his own unique insight.
contemporary interview 2013

Bachtrack Composers Project: David Lang (b.1957)

David Lang © Peter Serling
Bachtrack is asking the same six questions to many composers this month as part of its focus on contemporary music. Here’s what David Lang had to say.