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News - David Lang wins Pulitzer Prize

Monday, April 14, 2008
David Lang has been awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The $10,000 prize, awarded “For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during 2007”, was awarded to Lang’s composition “The Little Match Girl Passion”, premiered in Zankel Hall in October 2007 by Paul Hiller’s Theatre of Voices.

The Pulitzer Prize in Music is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards for composition. Past winners have included Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Corigliano and John Adams.

“The Little Match Girl Passion” is a unique work scored for SATB choir playing percussion. It sets Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Little Match Girl” in the format of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, interspersing the narrative with Lang’s own re-workings of the crowd and character responses from the Bach. Click here to read more information about the piece and to listen to a recording.

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