Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion

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1 the little match girl passion: come, daughter 4:29 $1.49 Buy
2 the little match girl passion: it was terribly cold 3:46 $1.49 Buy
3 the little match girl passion: dearest heart 1:34 $1.49 Buy
4 the little match girl passion: in an old apron 2:06 $1.49 Buy
5 the little match girl passion: penance and remorse 2:19 $1.49 Buy
6 the little match girl passion: lights were shining 2:29 $1.49 Buy
7 the little match girl passion: patience, patience! 1:22 $1.49 Buy
8 the little match girl passion: ah! perhaps 2:43 $1.49 Buy
9 the little match girl passion: have mercy, my god 5:26 $1.49 Buy
10 the little match girl passion: she lighted another match 2:03 $1.49 Buy
11 the little match girl passion: from the sixth hour 3:13 $1.49 Buy
12 the little match girl passion: she again rubbed a match 2:16 $1.49 Buy
13 the little match girl passion: when it is time for me to go 4:26 $1.49 Buy
14 the little match girl passion: in the dawn of morning 3:34 $1.49 Buy
15 the little match girl passion: we sit and cry 5:27 $1.49 Buy
16 for love is strong: for love is strong 12:08 44.1/16 Album only
17 I lie: I lie 6:01 $1.49 Buy
18 evening morning day: evening morning day 8:38 44.1/16 Album only
19 again (after ecclesiastes): again 6:24 $1.49 Buy

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Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Setting Hans Christian Andersen's fable in the format of Bach's St Matthew Passion, Lang elevates the suffering of the little match girl with his poignant, evocative music. Lang's music makes a big impact with small forces. The piece is scored for only four voices and a few percussion instruments, played by the singers. They sing the sad story of a little girl who freezes to death selling matches on the street during a cold winter's night. In notes Lang wrote to accompany the Carnegie Hall premiere last October, he says he was drawn to Andersen's story because of how opposite aspects of the plot played off each other. "The girl's bitter present is locked together with the sweetness of her past memories," Lang says. "Her poverty is always suffused with her hopefulness. There's a kind of naïve equilibrium between suffering and hope." Lang was also intrigued by the religious allegory he saw beneath the surface of the story, and he found inspiration in the music of his favorite composer, J.S. Bach.