Voice

David Lang

sun-centered (2022) 25'

10 solo voices

Commissioned for the Tallis Scholars by Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall Corporation, Hopkins Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Stanford Live, Virginia Tech and Concertgebouw Bruges (Belgium).

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David Lang

we were (2021) 10'

text by David Lang (after Song of Songs)

SATB

co-commissioned by Flagey, Brussels, for Vox Clamantis, Tallinn, Jaan-Eik Tulve, Director; the Crossing, Philadelphia, Donald Nally, Director; and the Fisher Center at Bard College, New York

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David Lang

the sense of senses (2021) 8'

text by David Lang (after Song of Songs)

SSAATTBB

co-commissioned by the Company of Music, Vienna, Johannes Hiemetsberger, Director; the Crossing, Philadelphia, Donald Nally, Director; and the Fisher Center at Bard College

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David Lang

let me come in (2021) 10'

(arr. piano and voice)
text by David Lang (after Song of Songs 5:2)

soprano and piano

The Fisher Center at Bard College with co-commissioning support by The Los Angeles Opera

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David Lang

The Village Detective: a song cycle (2021) 55'

accordion, voice

Bill Morrison

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Michael Gordon

Montaña (2020) 60'

A music-film collaboration with Bill Morrison (film)

SATB

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky, MT

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Julia Wolfe

Her Story (2020) 40'

11 women's voices + orchestra

Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Nashville Symphony, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony

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Michael Gordon

A Western (2019) 25'

SSATTB

Casa Da Musica and Theatre of Voices

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David Lang

prayers for night and sleep (2018) 15'

text by David Lang

solo soprano, solo cello, 1 perc, string orchestra

Cello Biennale Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sinfonietta

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David Lang

memorial ground (2016) 30'

massed singers and soloists

commissioned by East Neuk Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery throughthe Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, with the support of Creative Scotland.

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David Lang

anatomy theater (2016) 75'

Mezzo,Ten,Bar,Bass, fl(picc),cl(bcl),tpt,perc,pf(acc),vn,va,vc,db

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David Lang • Julia Wolfe • Michael Gordon

Cloud River Mountain (2015, rev. 2017) 32'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Lau Luo

soprano, cl, perc, egtr, piano, vc, db

commissioned by Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Arts Brookfield

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Julia Wolfe

Anthracite Fields (2014) 65'

SATB chorus, cl, egtr, perc, pno, vc, db

Anthracite Fields was commissioned through Meet the Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund. Additional support was made possible through the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Alan Harler New Ventures Fund; the Presser Foundation; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Philadelphia Music Project.

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David Lang

the national anthems (2014) 24'

Text by David Lang

SATB + string quartet

LA Master Chorale, the Berlin Radio Choir, andYale Choral Artists

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David Lang

love fail (2012) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)

SSAA playing simple percussion instruments

love fail was co-commissioned by The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2012 Next Wave Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The John F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University, and Hancher Performances at the University of Iowa. Movement 4, 'the wood and the vine', was commissioned by The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, The University of California at Riverside, and the Santa Fe Concert Association in Santa FE, NM. Movement 10, 'I live in pain', in a different version, was originally written for “TheCrossing,” Donald Nally, conductor.

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David Lang

death speaks (2012) 26'

Text by David Lang

soprano, vln, egtr, pno - all amplified

Carnegie Hall Corporation and Stanford Lively Arts

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David Lang

love fail – arr. female chorus (2012, rev. 2016) 60'

Text by David Lang (after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner)

SSAA chorus (or 8 solo women singers) playing simple percussion instruments

The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2012 Next Wave Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The John F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Wake Forest University / Secrest Artists Series, and Hancher Performances at the University of Iowa

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Julia Wolfe

Steel Hammer (2009) 70'

SSA, cl, perc, gtr, pf, vc, db

Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall

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Michael Gordon

Lightning at our feet (2008) 75'

four singer/performers playing violin, cello, piano, electric guitar, and electronics [all instruments and voices amplified]

BAM 2008 Next Wave Festival and Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston

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David Lang

the little match girl passion (2007) 35'

Text by David Lang (after H.C. Andersen, H.P. Paulli, Picander and Saint Matthew)

4 voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion

Carnegie Hall Corporation and The Perth Theater and Concert Hall for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices

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David Lang • Julia Wolfe • Michael Gordon

Shelter (2005) 65'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; text by Deborah Artman

3 Sop, fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tba, pno, egtr, eb, perc, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb [all instruments and voices amplified]

The Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, musikFabrik and Kunstiftung NRW

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Michael Gordon

What to Wear (2005) 65'

Text by Richard Foreman

2S, A, T, small female chorus
2kbd, perc, egtr, 2vn, db, drums [all instruments and voices amplified]

The Center for New Performance at CalArts and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. What to Wear is also a Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA commission and was produced with the additional support of the Shubert Foundation.

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David Lang

the difficulty of crossing a field (2002) 75'

Text by Mac Wellman

Sop, Mezzo,Ten,Bar,B,small chor, string quartet

the American Conservatory Theater for the Kronos Quartet

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David Lang • Julia Wolfe • Michael Gordon

Lost Objects (2001) 62'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; Text by Deborah Artman

Sop, 2 countertenors, small chor, DJ, baroque orch, egtr, eb, perc, synth [all instruments and voices amplified]

Dresden Festival

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David Lang • Julia Wolfe • Michael Gordon

The Carbon Copy Building (1999) 72'

music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe; Text by Ben Katchor

Cast: Ms, T, Bar, Bar/Ct; cl(bcl, cbcl, ssx)/perc/syn/egtr [all instruments and voices amplified]

Settembre Musica Festival and the city council of Turin, Italy, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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David Lang

lifespan 15'

3 or more whistlers

lifespan was composed for a limited edition run of live performances, for the american artists Jennifer Allora and Guilliermo Calzadilla.

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