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David Lang

Publisher: G. Schirmer

world to come (2003)
Red Poppy
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
24 Minutes
Programme Note
David Lang world to come (2003)
Related Work:
   concerto (world to come) — cello and orchestra

Composer's Note:
A cellist and her voice become separated from each other, and they struggle to reunite in a post-apocalyptic spiritual environment. world to come is a kind of prayer—introspective and highly personal. It is a meditation on hope and hopelessness, asking fundamental questions about the death and life of the soul.

world to come was written for Maya Beiser and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, On the Boards, and Connecticut College, with support from Meet The Composer.

—David Lang

Sample Pages

  • 15 JUN 2015
    Gyor, Hungary
    Ballet Company of Gyor
  • 17 DEC 2014
    De Doelen, Rotterdam
    Romain Bischoff, director

    Other Dates:
    9 January 2015 - Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10 DEC 2014
    Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland
    Silbersee (ex VOCAALLAB)
  • 24 FEB 2014
    United Kingdom
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Maya Beiser; Keigh Lockhart, conductor
  • 04 JUL 2013
    Organizacion Musical Sudamericana
    Victor Hugo Toro, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5-7 July - Argentina
  • 21 FEB 2013
    Richmond, VA
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Other Dates:
    22-28 February; 1-16 March - Richmond, VA
  • 25 AUG 2012
    Aspen, CO
    Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet

    Other Dates:
    26-31 August; 1 September - Aspen, CO
  • 16 MAR 2012
    Perm, Russia
    Perm State P.I.Chaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
  • 20 JAN 2012
    Walnut Creek, CA
    Company C Contemporary Ballet
  • 17 AUG 2011
    Aspen, CO
    Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet

    Other Dates:
    18-21 August - Aspen, CO
  • 17 AUG 2011
    Aspen, CO
    Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet
  • 27 APR 2011
    Perm, Russia
    Perm State Opera and Ballet
    Valeriy Platonov, conductor
  • 22 OCT 2010
    Aspen, CO
    Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet

    Other Dates:
    27 March 2011 - Aspen, CO
  • 07 MAY 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richmond Ballet

    Other Dates:
    8 May - Richmond, VA
  • 23 APR 2010
    Paramount Theatre, Boston, MA
    Maya Beiser
  • 23 APR 2010
    Boston, MA
    Maya Beiser, cello
  • 05 NOV 2008
    New York
    Le Poisson Rouge
    Maya Beisser
  • 30 OCT 2008
    Martyn Harris Centre, Manchester University, Manchester
    Jennifer Langridge, conductor

It's a haunting, extraordinarily profound work. Lang evokes Bach's Cello Suites in the arpeggiated figurations with which it opens. The cello's introduction of a slow-moving canon that passes through the orchestral strings initiates a process in which the unity of soloist and orchestra begins to dissolve. A third section draws us towards extremes of rhythmic and harmonic dislocation, though the Bach-like figurations return to usher in, briefly, a mood of calm resignation before there is a sudden lurch, mid-arpeggio, into silence. Beiser's restrained playing was integral to its impact; it's a major score that deserves repeated hearings.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian,2/26/2014
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