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David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion / Paul Hillier, et al

Album Summary

>Lang, David : Little Match Girl Passion
>Lang, David : For Love Is Strong
>Lang, David : I Lie
>Lang, David : Evening Morning Day
>Lang, David : Again
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Setting Hans Christian Andersen's fable in the format of Bach's St Matthew Passion, Lang elevates the suffering of the little match girl with poignant, evocative music. Lang's piece is scored for four voices and a few percussion instruments, played by the singers. They sing the sad story of a little girl who freezes to death selling matches on the street during a cold winter's night. In notes Lang wrote to accompany the Carnegie Hall premiere last October, he says he was drawn to Andersen's story because of how opposite aspects of the plot played off each other. "The girl's bitter present is locked together with the sweetness of her past memories," Lang says. "Her poverty is always suffused with her hopefulness. There's a kind of naive equilibrium between suffering and hope."

David Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music 2008 for this composition. "The Little Match Girl Passion is based on the children's story by Hans Christian Andersen. Lang's music makes a big impact with small forces. The piece is scored for only four voices and a few percussion instruments, played by the singers. Tim Page, a Pulitzer juror said, ' With all due respect to the hundreds of distinguished pieces I've listened to as a Pulitzer juror, I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know.' " - NPR



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>Lang, David : Little Match Girl Passion
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 31 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Lang, David : For Love Is Strong
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Lang, David : I Lie
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Lang, David : Evening Morning Day
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Lang, David : Again
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary