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Theatre of Voices
The Little Match Girl Passion

Come, Daughter
It Was Terribly Cold
Dearest Heart
In an Old Apron
Penance, Patience!
Ah! Perhaps
Have Mercy, My God
She Lighted Another Match
From the Sixth Hour
She Again Rubbed a Match
When it is Time For Me to Go
In the Dawn of Morning
We Sit and Cry
For Love is Strong
I Lie
Evening Morning Day
Again (After Ecclesiastes)

Directed by Paul Hillier

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 poignant, evocative music. Lang's piece is scored for 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 na•ve equilibrium between suffering and hope."

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Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States

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