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Michael Gordon

Acquanetta (2005, rev. 2017) 70'

Text by Deborah Artman, CHAMBER VERSION: 3 Sopranos, Tenor, Bass, with female choir, plus amplified chamber ensemble

ORCHESTRA VERSION: S, Mz, A, T, Bar; SATB chorus, 2(2pic).2.3.1+cbsn/2321/2perc/kbd.eb/str

Acquanetta was commissioned by Theater Aachen, supported by NRW KULTURsekretariat (Wuppertal) and North Rhine-Westphalia Government, Ministry for Urban Development, Culture and Sport from the "Fonds Neues Musiktheater" Chamber version of Acquanetta commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, with lead funding from Linda and Stuart Nelson, for PROTOTYPE Festival 2018.

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BOMB Magazine

December 1, 2012

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David Lang is one of the most thoughtful composers working today. His music is consistently probing, emotionally urgent, strange, and beautiful. It is also getting simpler as the years roll on—a sign that the mind behind it is undergoing a kind of ritualistic purification. I’ve been obsessed with David’s music since I bought a recording by mail order of his piece cheating lying stealing when I was in high school, and I have written a piano piece called David Lang Needs a Hug…

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‘anatomy theater’ New York premiere

From January 7-14, the Prototype Festival presents the New York premiere of David Lang’s anatomy theater, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, with set design by Mark Dion, direction by Bob McGrath, conductor Christopher Rountree and the International Contemporary Ensemble, plus Bill Morrison (video), Laurie Olinder (projection), Christopher Kuhl (lighting), and Alixandra Gage Englund (costumes).

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Louisville Symphony Orchestra

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Louisville, KY

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Anthracite Fields: tours Pennsylvania


[Anthracite Fields] captures not only the sadness of hard lives lost…but also of the sweetness and passion of a way of daily life now also lost…

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