David Lang (b. 1957, Los Angeles) is an American composer and educator. Lang experienced musical education spread over Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and Yale, where he obtained a doctorate degree. His composition teachers included some central figures in musical modernism, Jacob Druckman and Hans Werner Henze among them.
Long considered an enfant terrible of the classical musical world—co-founding the New York-based new music collective Bang on a Can in 1987—Lang has nonetheless earned establishment respect as one of America’s leading composers, winning the 2008 Pultizer Prize in Music for the little match girl passion. He has also received the Rome Prize and been named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Musical America’s 2013 composer of the year. In addition to a busy schedule of commissions from major music festivals, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and dance companies, Lang has served as professor of composition at the Yale University School of Music since 2008.
Works for Winds
- Are You Experienced? (1987)
- Cheating, Lying, Stealing (2011)
- From concert program notes by Travis J. Cross for the UCLA Wind Ensemble