Tue 14 April 2020
Happy Easter everyone! I realise a lot has changed in the world since I last updated this site... even though that was only a couple of months ago. But I am still here and still composing. Probably more than I would otherwise...
Are we there yet? continues to progress. It now exists as a full piece of music in piano score, which I am busy revising and orchestrating.
Most recently, I have been re-arranging one of my old favourite compositions, The Three Little Pigs, for an ensemble of toy pianos and melodicas. It's been a good reminder how fortunate I was to have three amazing clarinet players perform and record the original version back in 2010, because it's not an easy piece!
Fri 21 February 2020
A short update to note that I'm going to be composing a fanfare later this year - thanks to the Sydney Symphony's amazing "50 Fanfares" Commissioning Project. What an honour to have "David John Lang" listed between "Elena Kats-Chernin" and "Liza Lim"! I'm very excited for this...
Sat 1 February 2020
A couple of years ago I wrote a little violin solo inspired by the raucous, rhythmic song of the red wattlebird, Anthochaera carunculata. It was commissioned by Simone Slattery as part of a project called Where Song Began, which has had many performances, and is now also available as a CD. It's full of beautifully performed music artfully combined with the sounds of Australian birds... most of them more tuneful than the wattlebird!
At the moment I'm working on a large-scale composition project titled Are we there yet? It will probably keep me going for a while yet... which seems apt... In the meantime, especially devoted fans of mine (are you there?) may recognise this as the title of a previous DJL composition, a set of three preludes for wind band. This is actually quite coincidental, as the commissioner's inspiration comes from an existing children's book of the same name. Being a composer, I shall probably not be able to help creating some clever musical link between the two works...
I've recently completed a 10-minute duet for bass clarinet and bassoon, titled Two Deep. It was commissioned by Terry & Kathy Bickley, who I met while conducting the Unley Concert Band in my role as Music Director there last year. I'm really looking forward to hearing them play it...
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Sat 9 May, 7:30pm
Graduate Singers: "O Magnum Mysterium"
David John Lang - My soul, wait
St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide SA, Australia
– Cancelled due to COVID-19
Tue 20 - Fri 23 October, various times
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: "Are we there yet?"
A new work for the ASO's learning program, based on the children's picture book by Alison Lester.
David John Lang - Are we there yet?
Performances at participating primary schools around Adelaide
Sat 12 December, 7:30pm
Adelaide Wind Orchestra: "Leunig's Prayerbook"
David John Lang - David's Song of Thanks [world premiere]
Concordia College Suaviter, Winchester Street, Highgate SA, Australia
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