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David Lang (b. 1957) & Mac Wellman (b.1945): The Difficulty of Crossing a Field / Harlem String Quartet; Beverly OÆRegan Thiele, Laquita Mitchell et al.

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>Lang, David : The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, musical play for soloists, chamber chorus & string quartet
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Based on a one-page story by Ambrose Bierce, "the difficulty of crossing a field" is a joint collaboration in musical theater between composer David Lang and playwright Mac Wellman that recounts, in the words of a recent New York Times performance review, "a strange disappearance and what the neighbors have to say about it." Mixing arias with spoken text and emotional melodies with tense drama, the story takes place in 1854 near Selma, Alabama, where a planter named Williamson has vanished without a trace while crossing a field. The original production was staged in March 2002 at the Theater Artaud in San Francisco; this recording of "the difficulty of crossing a field" was tracked and produced by Lawson White, in partnership with Beth Morrison Projects, and features the Harlem String Quartet and an A-list of New York City's established and emerging talent in opera and theater, including Beverly O'Regan Thiele, Laquita Mitchell and Jay O. Sanders.

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Recording information: Good Child Music Studios; Studio G Brooklyn.



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>Lang, David : The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, musical play for soloists, chamber chorus & string quartet
  • Performer: Beverly Thiele (Voice)
  • Conductor: Douglas Frost
  • Ensemble: Harlem String Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002