There weren’t many notes in the draft score distributed to participants in the first run-through of David Lang’s Crowd Out that took place at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham last November. There were quite a lot of words in the eight pages of A4 paper, but most of them were directions for the performances that will take place this month in Birmingham, Berlin and London: ‘becoming more full and saturated’ …‘Group 3 sing phrase 1, trying to sing together within each group’… ‘losing energy but not becoming calm’. Lang’s music is not crammed with content; it’s all about timing, texture, timbre and the spaces between the notes.
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