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David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion
     

David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion

by Paul Hillier
 
Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. 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

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Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. 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, 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 naïve equilibrium between suffering and hope.” From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2009
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046749668
catalogNumber:
807496
Rank:
69820

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  1. The Little Match Girl Passion, for chorus
  2. For Love Is Strong, for chorus
  3. I Lie, for chorus
  4. Evening Morning Day, for chorus
  5. Again (after Eclesiastes), for chorus

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