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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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let me come in (2021) 10'

text by David Lang (after Song of Songs 5:2)

soprano, percussion, viola, cello

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

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

accordion, voice

Bill Morrison

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Montaña (2020) 60'

A music-film collaboration with Bill Morrison (film)

SATB

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky, MT

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Her Story (2020) 40'

11 women's voices + orchestra

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

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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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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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anatomy theater (2016) 75'

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

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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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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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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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head heart (2012) 4'

SSAA

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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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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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 failwas co-commissioned byTheBrooklyn Academy of Music’s 2012 Next Wave Festival,TheInternational Festival of Arts & Ideas,TheJohn F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund,TheCenter fortheArt of Performance at UCLA,TheSecrest Artists Series atWakeForestUniversity,andHancher Performances attheUniversityofIowa.movement 4,thewoodandthevine, was commissioned byTheNewman Center forthePerforming Arts atUniversityofDenver,TheUniversity of California atRiverside,andtheSanta Fe Concert Association inSanta FE,NM.movement 10,I live in pain, in a different version, was originally written for “TheCrossing,” Donald Nally, conductor.

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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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Steel Hammer (2009) 70'

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

Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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