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David Lang

Publisher: G. Schirmer

mystery sonatas (2014)
Red Poppy
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
45 Minutes
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  • 29 APR 2014
    mystery sonatas World Premiere
    collected stories: memoir
    Zankel Hall, New York, NY
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mr. Lang borrowed the title “mystery sonatas” from the name of a collection of violin pieces from the 1670s by Biber, the Bohemian composer and violin virtuoso, a “bizarre and fiery” set of sonatas, to quote Mr. Lang, which tells of Christ’s birth, Crucifixion and resurrection. Mr. Lang’s new work is like the memoir of a composer’s musical and spiritual journey, structured in seven titled sections, the pivotal ones called “joy,” “sorrow” and “glory,” though, surprisingly, the music of these movements is mostly reflective and pensive. One piece is a breathless, almost dangerous perpetual-motion toccata. Another is a restless outburst of modernistic fiddle-faddle. But most of the pieces are ruminative and lyrical, with lacy spiraling figures, searching melodic lines, tender tunes played in hushed harmonics.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times,4/30/2014
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