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David Lang

Publisher: G. Schirmer

child (2001)
Work Notes
Movements available separately. All five are needed to perform Child.
Red Poppy
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
42 Minutes
Programme Note
David Lang child (2001)
Composer Note:

Child is my attempt to examine certain experiences as I remember (and misremember) them from my childhood. Each of the individual moments is in some way a memory of how I learned how to do something. Because I was taught (as most children are) that one learns how to perceive the world by making up rules, it has been possible to apply these rules to musical environments.

I am not nostalgic for childhood, mine or anyone else's. It is not a point of Child to show either how childhood is a time of great excitement or great disturbance, or that I miss it or that I suffered through it. What is most interesting to me, especially now that I have children of my own, is that childhood is the time when one learns how to think, how to feel, how to move forward. Because each piece of music in some way needs to teach its listener its own rules for how it works, it is a comparison I have found meaningful.

— David Lang

Each movement of Child is also available separately:
  • My Very Empty Mouth   (13')
    fl, bcl, vn, va, vc, pf
  • Stick Figure   (10')
    cl, pf, perc, vc, and 1 or 2 non-percussionists
  • Short Fall   (4')
    pic, pf, vn, vc
  • Sweet Air   (8')
    fl, cl, vn, vc, pf
  • Little Eye   (7')
    cello and 4 non-percussionists

    Sample Pages

    • Ensemble
      Sentieri Selvaggi
      Carlo Boccadoro
      Cantaloupe Music:
    • 08 OCT 2017
      CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
      Vincent Povázsay, conductor
    • 12 FEB 2013
      Kennesaw, GA
      Kennesaw State University
    • 12 SEP 2010
      Ein Stück Zeit (Ballet)
      Hannover, Germany
      Hannover Ballett

      Other Dates:
      16 September; 5,14 October; 10,18 November; 5,15,18 December - Hannover, Germany
    • 10 APR 2010
      Albuquerque, NM
      Chatter a Chamber Ensemble
    • 26 MAR 2010
      Milan, Italy
      Sentieri Selvaggi
    • 18 OCT 2008
      Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
      Santa Fe New Music
    • 18 OCT 2008
      Santa Fe, NM
      Santa Fe New Music

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