The Little Match Girl Passion

Multimedia Project

27.12.2012, 19:00-21:00 Thursday

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Program: [Sound art, music]

The North-Western Branch of the NCCA,
PRO ARTE Foundation
The U.S. Consulate General in St Petersburg


27 December 2012

Glinka Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia 

David Lang (USA)

The Little Match Girl Passion (2007)

First performance in Russia


Video: Maria Godovannaya


Lyubov Sharomova, soprano
Natalya Boyeva, alto
Boris Stepanov, tenor
Anton Andreyev, basso

eNsemble of the PRO ARTE Foundation
Conductor and music director Fedor Lednev

The 15-part composition for four voices and percussion "The Little Match Girl Passion" was written by American composer David Lang in 2007. In 2008 it won the Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished musical composition. In 2010 the Harmonia Mundi record of the Passion won the Grammy Award. The composer has said that it was not the plot of the Andersen’s fairy tale that inspired him but its ‘horror and beauty mingling constantly with their contraries’. Another important source of the composition was St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach: the narrative is similarly interrupted by commentaries of bystanders from the crowd. For David Lang such a form ‘puts us, the audience, in the middle of the action and reinforces the tragic determination in the narration.’ 

The first performance of this preeminent composition of the 21st century will feature a video oratory created by St Petersburg-based artist Maria Godovannaya.







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