David Lang “Bangs on a Can” at OSU
UPDATE (5/19): IT WAS A GREAT CONCERT!!!!!
Okay, that’s a confusing title. Composer David Lang is the co-founder of Bang on a Can, an organization that commissions, publishes and performs contemporary music. Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008 for The Little Matchgirl Passion.
A concert of David Lang’s music will be performed by the OSU New Music Collective and the OSU Percussion Ensemble onÂ Wednesday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in OSU’s Weigel Hall. The evening is sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music andÂ I’ll be hosting a post concert discussion with David Lang, with plenty of time for audience questions.
David Lang has aÂ gift of blending his own music into pre-existingÂ work. He makes old music new and creates his own new music. Tomorrow night’s program features a work calledÂ Heroin based on Lou Reed:
Intriguing, even if you missed the Velvet Underground.
Lang won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008 forÂ The Little Matchgirl Passion, and I understand why.Â In the work, he blends Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Hans Christian Andersen!
Match Girl is scored for chorus and percussion. Such an original ‘mix’ signals a composer fascinated by combination of sounds, all types of sounds.
Another work on the program is Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing for percussion, piano and bass clarinet:
I was going to say that this music does without the lush carpet of sound (Rachmaninoff! Wagner! Puccini!) loved by many of us, but on further listening I realize the carpet is very much there, and again, you just need to listen for it.
Tomorrow night at OSU’s Weigel Hall will be a great opportunity to hear new music, and hear from an important composer.Â See you there!
P.S. – Here’s Lang himself explaining the Bach connection in The Little Match Girl Passion: