David Lang's love fail — Kaija Saariaho's From the grammar of dreams — February 26, 2017 — 5:00pm
James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University
David Lang's love fail (for four female voices playing simple percussion instruments) is a meditation about the timelessness of love, pulling together narratives from a range of sources—from medieval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde to modern reflections on love. The libretto was crafted by the composer himself, after Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain, and Richard Wagner. The work, finished in 2012, was commissioned by a consortium including The Brooklyn Academy, the Kennedy Center, the Newman Center, and other institutions.
The Pittsburgh performance is part of Quince’s 2016–17 tour of the work, which they performed for the composer at the 2016 KODY Festival in Poland. The concert includes also Quince’s performance of Kaija Saariaho’s 1988 From the Grammar of Dreams, for two spatially-spaced sopranos, on texts by Sylvia Plath.
The James Laughlin Music Hall is full wheel-chair accessible. Large-print programs and assisted listening devices available. For full information contact Federico Garcia-De Castro at 412.427.6717.
2/26/2017 — Quince Concert II
Saariaho and Lang
February 26 (Sunday), 5pm
Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University