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David Lang: This Written By Hand / Andrew Zolinsky, piano

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>Lang, David : This Was Written By Hand, for piano
>Lang, David : Memory Pieces, for piano

Album Summary

>Lang, David : This Was Written By Hand, for piano
>Lang, David : Memory Pieces, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize... Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master" - The New Yorker

Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. Co-founder of Bang on a Can and Cantoloupe Music, Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms.

this was written by hand was written for pianist Andrew Zolinsky and was premiered June 23, 2003 at Wigmore Hall in London. It is dedicated to Peter Helm, in honor of his 50th birthday.

On this was written by hand:

"I was taught to write music with a pencil. I remember those days so well - I would sit patiently at my desk, singing the music to myself and then writing it down. If I was tense about a project or a deadline I would hold the pencil so tight that I would get blisters on my fingers, and my arm would cramp up, and take weeks to recover. Writing music was an intensely physical activity. I got my first computer in 1993 and I have not written music with a pencil ever since, but I often wonder how - or if - the means of my writing had any effect on the writing itself. I wrote this piano piece to find out."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal College of Music, London (01/2011).



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Works Details

>Lang, David : This Was Written By Hand, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Zolinsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Lang, David : Memory Pieces, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Zolinsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-1997