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David Lang

Publisher: G. Schirmer

short fall (2000)
Red Poppy
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano Quartet
Year Composed
4 Minutes
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David Lang short fall (2000)
Composer Note:

I wanted to write a piece in which a large amount of effort was expended to go a very small distance. short fall is that piece. Underneath all the activity in short fall the actual notes fall only very slightly. It is as if the surface is so active that the subtle effects of gravity pass (almost) unnoticed.

short fall was written for the pearls before swine experience.

it is dedicated to Lynn Garon.

— David Lang

Short Fall 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
  • Sweet Air   (8')
    fl, cl, vn, vc, pf
  • Little Eye   (7')
    cello and 4 non-percussionists

  • Sample Pages

    • Soloist(s)
      Molly Barth, flute
      Cantaloupe Music:
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