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David Lang

Publisher: G. Schirmer

little eye (1999)
Red Poppy
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Mixed Ensemble
Year Composed
7 Minutes
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Programme Note
David Lang little eye (1999)
Composer Note:

Small children get bored easily when traveling long distances by car. One way to distract them is to play the game "I spy with my little eye," in which you look out the window and describe something you have noticed. In my experience this does work, not in a very subdued way - it is not the most exciting way to pass the time. Eventually, however, time does pass.

little eye was commissioned by the Italian music festival Nuova Consonanza for the ensemble Alter Ego, and was premiered at the Opera Paese in Rome, Italy, 16 October 1999.

— David Lang

Little Eye is part of a larger work, Child. Other movements of Child are 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

  • Sample Pages

    • 04 AUG 2015
      Kelowna, BC, Canada
      Movement Dance Productions Society

      Other Dates:
      5 August - Kelowna, BC, Canada
    • 26 OCT 2013
      Vancouver, BC, Canada
      MOVE: The Company

      Other Dates:
      27 October - Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 27 DEC 2012
      St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
      PRO ARTE Foundation
    • 28 SEP 2012
      Dallas, TX
      Southern Methodist University
      Matt Albert, conductor
    • 15 SEP 2012
      Alexandria, VA
      Great Noise Ensemble
      David Vickerman, conductor
    • 08 JUL 2012
      Vancouver, BC, Canada
      MOVE: The Company

      Other Dates:
      9 July - Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 19 MAY 2009
      St. Peter's Lutheran Church
      Mantra Percussion
      Christa Van Alstine
    • 11 FEB 2009
      Helsinki, Finland
      Musica nova Helsinki
      Juho Laitinen

    Speaking of dynamics, sound designer Christopher McGlumphy used a dynamic effect processor to a colorful means in David Lang's Little Eye. He sampled sounds by cellist Norbert Lewandowski and other members playing percussion (while rubbing metal on car wheels), and sent them to speakers surrounding the audience. Mr. Lewandowski's ability to carry a mahogany tone across the perpetual motion of his part greatly impressed.
    Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post Gazette,12/07/2010
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