David Lang: The Passing Measures

Composer David Lang’s new album is a most unusual concerto for bass clarinet, chorus and orchestra that explores mortality, time, and the function of music. As we visit segments of the unfolding performance, Lang explains the genesis and development of The Passing Measures.
The Passing Measures
Released: 2/1/2001
Label: Cantaloupe
All David Lang profiles…
Impossible Quiet
David Lang’s concept: the amplification of a beautiful, slow, quiet struggle.
Slow Music
Searching for function in his music, the composer discovers a compositional place to live.
Players
To realize The Passing Measures, Lang had to convince some of the world’s greatest classical musicians to ignore much of their own hard-earned virtuosity.
The Ticking of a Life
These passing measures are not a meditation; in part, they are measures of mortality.
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