Bernhard Lang
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Instrument: piano

Photographer: Katharina Gossow ©

Lang Bernhard

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 Hermetika VIII 2017 23m
2 Monadology XXXV "Purcell III" - for mezzosoprano, E-Guitar + FX + playback 2017 5m
3 DW 16R Songbook 1.2 ReText - for voice, saxophone, keyboards and drums 2017 35m
4 DW 30 "... for Klaus Schulze" 2017 25m
5 DW 31 "Loops for Edgar Froese" - for piano at four hands and playback 2017 15m
6 Echoes in Space - for voice and ensemble 2017 6m
7 écriture 6 - for soprano saxophon 2017 ~ 20m
8 Monadology XXXVII "Loops for Leoš" - for large orchestra 2017 20m
9 HIOB - music-theater based on a libretto by Joseph Roth/Michael Sturminger 2017 - 2018 1h 40m
10 DW 27 "Loops for Gerry" - for saxophone and piano 2016 35m
11 DW 23c 2016 25m
12 DW 29 "loops for Szimansky" - for 2 accordions 2016 20m
13 Series Six: GAME ONE - for ensemble 2016 30m
14 Loops for Ashley - digital file 2016 3m
15 Monadology XXXIV "... for Ludvik" - for orchestra and piano 2016 35m
16 Hermetika VII - for E-Bass + FX and 8 voices 2016 22m
17 DW 28 "Loops for Davis" - for bass-clarinet and orchestra 2016 24m
18 Monadologie MXXXVI "Chopin 12 Etudes: Etudes 1-5" 2016 - 2017 15m
19 ParZeFool - music-theater for voices, choir, ensemble and 2 jazz-musicians, after Richard Wagner's Parsifal 2015 - 2016 3h 20m
20 Alchymic 2015 90m
21 Intermezzo Nr. 3 - for piano solo 2015 - 2016 5m
22 Intermezzo Nr. 2 - for piano solo 2015 7m
23 Intermezzo Nr. 1 - for piano solo 2015 10m
24 Monadologie XXVIII "Seven-Two" - after Beethoven's VIIth symphony 2015 5m
25 Sisyphos-Fragmente (Sisifos) - 7 pieces for big choir 2015 50m
26 Monadologie XXXI "For Franz III" - based on Schubert's C Major quintet 2015 25m
27 DW 25 "... more Loops for U" - for double bass solo 2014 15m
28 Monadologie XXIX "London in the Rain" - for flute, recorder, harp and harpsichord 2014 17m
29 DW 24 "... Loops for Al Jourgensen" - for saxophone and ensemble 2014 17m
30 Monadologie XXXII "The Cold Trip" pt. 1 - based on Schubert's Winterreise 2014 ~ 30m
31 Monadologie XXXII "The Cold Trip" pt. 2 - based on Schubert's Winterreise 2014 - 2015 ~ 30m
32 DW 26 "The Exhausted" - for voice and ensemble 2014 40m
33 Monadologie XXX "Der Hammer" - after Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata 2014 - 2015 20m
34 DW 23b "... Loops for Doctor X" 2014 25m
35 Der Golem - music-theater for big orchestra, jazz-trio, choir and voices 2014 1h 40m
36 DW 23 "... Loops for Doctor X" 2013 25m
37 Monadologie XXIII "... For Stanley K." - for Grand Orchestra 2013 6m
38 Monadologie XXIV "The Stoned Guest" - short opera 2013 15m
39 Monadologie XXV "10 Paintings" - for big orchestra 2013 10m
40 Monadologie XXVI "... for Pauline and Conrad" - for 2 violins tuned a quarter tone apart 2013 18m
41 Monadologie XXVII "Brahms-Variationen" - for clarinet, cello and piano 2013
42 Songbook 2 - based on texts by Dieter Sperl and Christian Loidl 2013 18m
43 Monadologie XXVIII 'Seven' - after Beethoven's VIIth symphony 2013 24m
44 Songbook 3 - for soprano and piano 2013 20m
45 Epilog 2 - based on texts by P. Levi 2013 8m
46 Messenger from the Shadows - music for the same-titled film by Norbert Pfaffenbichler 2013
47 hands, yard, infinity 2013 18m
48 Monadologie XX "... for Franz I" - für Klaviertrio 2012 20m
49 Monadologie XXI "... for Franz II" - for flute, cello and quarter-tone accordion 2012 15m
50 Monadologie XXII "SolEtude for Re" by PurcelLang - for countertenor solo 2012
51 Der Reigen - music-theater for 5 voices and 23 instruments 2012
52 Icht III - for voice and electronics 2012
53 Les Jeux / Les Poupées 2012 13m
54 Monadologie XIX "SacRemix ... for Igor" - for Great Orchestra 2012 30m
55 Monadologie XIVb "Puccini-Variationen: Im weiten Weltall fühlt sich Yankee heimisch" 2011 15m
56 Monadologie XIVa "Puccini-Variationen: Butterfly Overtüre" 2011 9m
57 Monadologie XIII "The Saucy Maid" - for two orchestral groups in quarter-tone intervals (adapted from Anton Bruckners "Linzer Sinfonie - Das Kecke Beserl") 2011 - 2012 60m
58 Conference (Notes on Film 05) - music for the same-titled film by Norbert Pfaffenbichler 2011
59 Monadologie XV "Druck" - for 4 saxophones, 2 pianos and 2 percussions 2011 33m
60 Monadologie XVI "Solfeggio" - for flute solo 2011 5m
61 Schrift 5 - for voice solo 2011 10m
62 Hermetica IV "O Dolorosa Gioia" - for double choir and 2 organs tuned a quarter tone apart 2011 30m
63 Hermetica V "Fremde Sprachen" - for bass clarinet and 7 voices 2011 30m
64 Monadologie XVII "SheWAsOne" 2011 10m
65 Monadologie XVIII "Moving Architecture" 2011 - 2012 55m
66 Monadologie IX "The anatomy of Disaster" - 3. String Quartet 2010 60m
67 Monadologie X "alla turca" - for player piano 2010 5m 30s
68 MyFunnyV - for bass clarinet and playback tape 2010 8m
69 Maschinenhalle#1 - for 12 sound boards, Player pianos and 12 dancers 2010 60m
70 Hermetica III - for mixed choir 2010 7m
71 DW 21 "...and we just keep on pretending..." - for flute and percussion 2010 20m
72 TablesAreTurned - for turntable and amplified ensemble after a song by Amon Düül 2010 60m
73 DW 22 "Winterlicht" - for bass flute and double bass 2010 25m
74 Monadologie XI "for Anton" - II. Kammersinfonie 2010 30m
75 Monadologie XII 2010 - 2011 40m
76 Hermetica II - for mixed choir 2010 4m
77 Monadologie VII "Kammersinfonie" - for chamber orchestra 2009 30m
78 Monadologie VIII "Robotika II" - for Bigband 2009 24m
79 NetTrike - for 2 pairs of performers, 2 performing choreographers, 2 soundplates, surround sounds plus 2 visual loopgenerators 2009 - 2010 30m
80 Monadology II: A New Don Quichotte 2008
81 DW 20 "facile" : Hermetica I - for boys' choir 2008 5m
82 DW 20 "con complicatione": Hermetica I - for boys' choir 2008 5m
83 Playhouse - Klanginstallation für 8-Kanal-Zuspielung für die gleichnamige Installation von Norbert Pfaffenbichler 2008
84 Monadologie III "Lamentatio/Metamorphosis" - for string-orchestra 2008 22m
85 Monadologie IV - for 3 drummers 2008 15m
86 Monadologie V "Seven Last Words of Hasan" - for piano solo 2008 - 2009 30m
87 Monadologie VI "IN NOMINE" - for flute, clarinet, string trio and percussion 2008 5m
88 Haydn bricht auf: Sieben Tage die die Welt verändern 2008 - 2009
89 Die Gläserne Kapelle 2008
90 BORGATE - music for the same-titled film by Lotte Schreiber 2008
91 Der Alte vom Berge - music theater for 6 voices and amplified ensemble 2007 ~ 1h 30m
92 Monadologie I - for E-zither and big orchestra 2007
93 "MOSAIK MÉCANIQUE" - music/installation for the same-titled film by Norbert Pfaffenbichler 2007
94 Die Sterne des Hungers 2007 40m
95 Paranoia - for 2 rappers, tape and CD 2007 ~ 40m
96 DW 4d - for viola, trombone, piano and loop-generator 2007
97 Montezuma Fallender Adler - music theater 2007 - 2009
98 V-Trike - for female performer, sound board and visual loop-generator 2007
99 ODIO MOZART / I HATE MOZART - music theater in two acts for 6 voices and amplified ensemble 2006 126m 15s
100 DW 6c 2006
101 a1b2c3 2006 4m 48s
102 Schwarze Bänder. Hartmann-Studien - sound-installation 2005
103 Notes on Film 02 - music for the same-titled film by Norbert Pfaffenbichler 2005
104 DW 14 - for saxophone, jazz-trio and orchestra loops 2004 40m
105 "I speak in riddles" - sound-installation based on a text by Nora Gomringer 2004
106 RETRO - installation with Wagner-loops and a dancer 2004
107 TRIKE summer - dance performance 2004
108 OP. 6.1 - for electronics 2004 13m
109 DW 16 Songbook I - für voice, saxophone, keyboards and drums 2004 35m
110 DW 17 Doubles/Schatten II - for E-viola, E-cello and surround orchestra 2004 40m
111 esc#5 Impostors - music-theatre for 5 voices and amplified ensemble 2004 20m
112 the scythe - remix Christoph Dientz 2004 7m
113 DW 9 "Puppe/Tulpe" - for voices and 8 instruments, after texts from P. C. Loidl 2003 26m
114 DW 8 - for orchestra and 2 turntablists 2003 28m
115 DW 11 "orchestra loops #2" - for orchestra 2003 26m
116 DW 12 "cellular automata" - for piano solo 2003 28m
117 DW 13 "the lotos pond" - for 2 ensembles 2003 22m
118 DW 13b - für sheng, viola, flute and loop-generator 2003 21m
119 DW 15 "Songs/Preludes" - for zither and mezzo soprano 2003 26m
120 DW 12 cellular automata 2003
121 DW 6a - for E-viola/E-violin and loopgenerator 2002 17m
122 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: Morendo - for E-bass-flute and playback tape 2002 10m
123 Differenz/Wiederholung 1.2 (DW 1.2) - for flute, tenor saxophone and piano 2002 24m
124 "loops from the 4th district" - for string bass and CD playback 2002 16m
125 DW 7 - for big orchestra and loop-generator 2002 22m
126 DW 10a - for E-zither and loopgenerator 2002 16m
127 DW 10b - for koto, voice and loopgenerator 2002 16m
128 Epilog - for voice and accordion 2002
129 Musik zu "Der Himmel ist Bodenlos geworden" - music for the radioplay 2001
130 Differenz/Wiederholung 6b (letter code#2) - for E-guitar and loopgenerator 2001 30m
131 Musik zu "Der Blutige Ernst" - stage-music 2001
132 Differenz/Wiederholung 4.1 (letter code#1) - for trombone, E-viola and piano 2000 ~ 20m
133 DW 5 - for 14 instruments and playback tape 2000 14m
134 Das Theater der Wiederholungen - music-theatre in three parts 2000 - 2002 ~ 1h 50m
135 Differenz/Wiederholung 3 - for flute, violoncello and accordion 2000 24m
136 Differenz/Wiederholung 2 - for amplified chamber ensemble and 3 voices 1999 ~ 49m
137 Schrift/Bild/Schrift 1998 23m
138 Schrift/Fragment 4 - for trumpet, horn and trombone 1998 2m
139 Schrift 1.2 - for flute solo 1998 11m
140 Differenz/Wiederholung 1 - for flute, cello and piano 1998 ~ 25m
141 Schrift 3 - for accordion solo 1997 12m
142 Hommage à Martin Arnold 1 - for tape 1996 10m
143 Schrift 1 - for flute solo 1996 10m
144 Schrift 2 - for cello solo 1996 14m
145 Hommage à Martin Arnold 2 - for big orchestra 1996 10m
146 60FOR G. - for saxophone quartet 1996 1m
147 Icht II - for vocals, tape and live-electronics 1995 22m
148 Versuch über das Vergessen 2 - for violin, E -guitar and live-electronics 1995 34m
149 Felder - 2 essays for string orchestra 1994 10m
150 Icht I - for mezzo soprano and 8 instruments 1994 22m
151 Lá-bas à S. - for low pitched orchestra, two solo tenor saxophones and solo viola 1993 10m
152 Rondell-Remise - für mobile chamber-ensemble, mezzosoprano and viola 1993 20m
153 Brüche - for clarinet, string quartet and prepared piano 1992 21m
154 Küstenlinien - for two pianos and percussion 1992 16m
155 2. Streichquartett "Kleine Welten" 1991 26m
156 Quartett für Flöte Solo 1991 21m
157 Modern Monsters - 12 little pieces for cello and piano 1990 12m
158 Sonett 1 - for mixed choir 1990 5m
159 Sonett 2 - for mixed choir 1990 5m
160 Versuch über "Drei Traumkongruenzen" von Günther Freitag 1990 30m
161 Zwischen Morgen und Mitternacht - for piano and string quartet 1989 17m
162 Radiophones Synchronizitätsexperiment - 23 montages 1989 23m
163 Mozart 1789 - for actress and nine tape-recorders 1989 20m
164 Niemandsland 1989 7m
165 Stele - for 2 pianos tuned a quarter tone apart 1988 12m
166 Romanze - for piano 1988 6m
167 Hexagrammatikon I, II - for 6 computer-controlled synthesizers 1988 60m
168 Relief - for flute, viola and harp 1988 14m
169 Kohelet - for choir, orchestra and solo-voices 1987 28m
170 Zeitmasken - for string-quartet 1986 24m
171 Deformazioni de la notte - concert for recorders, strings and percussion 1986 16m
172 V - for 64 analog generators 1985 9m
173 Neue Tänze - for violin and piano 1985 10m
174 Necronomicon 1985 7m
175 Mierenburg Poem 1985 10m 30s
176 Metalle - sound-installation 1985

General Information

Year of Birth:  1957
Date of Birth:  24. February 1957
Place of Birth:  Linz
Region of Birth: 
Country of Birth: 
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Bernhard Lang's work goes beyond the merely acoustic, because the meaning the composer packed into his works is just as relevant as the musical result. In addition to music-specific subjects such as piano and composition, Lang also studied philosophy, and philosophical considerations often form the basis for his musical works. The composer is also known for his large-scale cycles.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1972 - 1975

music lessons

1975 - 1983
1975 - 1983

lessons with Helmut Iberer

1975 - 1983

jazz theory

1976 - 1981

philosophy, German language and literature studies

1982 - 1988

harmonics and composition

1982 - 1988

counterpoint

1984 - 1989

introduction to microtonal composition techniques

1984 - 1989

private lessons in aural training and composition

1989
1989

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1977 - 1981

work with various jazz groups as a composer, arranger and pianist

1984 - 1989

teacher of music theory, composition, piano

1987

founding (together with G. Präsent and J.M. Willnauer) and ever since member of the Graz composers' group

1988

programme CADMUS (Computer Aided Design for Musical Applications): software development for computer-aided composition

1988

ever since teacher of music theory, harmonics and counterpoint

1999

ever since freelance composer

2003

ever since associate professor of composition

2003

ever since intensive occupation with the genre "dance"; cooperation with Xavier Le Roy, Willi Dorner, Christine Gaigg

2004 - 2005

Artist in Residence

2007

work-stay at the artist's studio

2007 - 2008

Composer in Residence

2008 - 2009

Capell-Compositeur

2013

cooperation

2013 - 2014

guest lecturer composition in Lucerne

2014

participation in a mentoring-project

occupation with electronic music and computer aided composition

Intro-Spection Graz: cooperation

cooperation

projects with Winfried Ritsch, Wolfgang Musil, Christian Marczik, Christian Loidl

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1998

Autumn Festival '98

1998

resistance fluctuations

2001

Machinations Imaginations

2002

 

2002
2003
2003

Disturbances: music theatre workshop

2003
2004
2004
2005
2005

Festival for New Music Stuttgart

2006

portrait Bernhard Lang, performance of several compositions

2006

Wien Modern '06

2006
2007

portrait concert, performance of several compositions

2007
2008
2008

Festival "gugginger irritationen 1"

2009
2009
2010
2010
2011

performed by the Klangforum Wien

2011
2014
2014
2014

portrait concert

regular performances

regular performances

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1995
2002
2006
2006
2007
2007
2007
2008

Munich Chamber Orchestra

2008
2008
2008
2009
2009
2010

Arditti Quartet

2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2010
2011
2011
2011
2012
2013
2013
2014
2014

Ensemble SoundInitiative Paris

2014
2015
2016
2017

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1986

promotional award for music

1988

International Alpen-Adria Composition Competition: First Prize

1988

promotional award

1989

recognition award

2001

Andrej Dobrowolski Award

2001

Anton Bruckner scholarship

2005

Niederösterreichischer Kulturpreis (award of recognition)

2006

composer in residence

2008

Award for Music

2009

composition award

2014

outstanding artist award

2019

Austrian Art Award

Description of Style

"I write like one who sleeps, and my whole life is like a receipt that needs to be signed. In his coop, from where the rooster will be taken to be slaughtered, he crows hymns of freedom since he has been given two perches to stand on."

(Fernando Pessoa, Das Buch der Unruhe, Fragment 118)

 

"[...] But the relationship of language to painting is never ending; this does not mean that speech is incomplete and always lacking when compared to the visual, and tries to make ammends for this. Language and painting are mutually irreducible in their treatment of each other: one tries in vain to talk about what one sees; what one sees is never contained in what one says. In vain one shows through pictures, metaphors and comparisons what one is trying to say."

(Michel Foucault, Die Ordnung der Dinge)

 

The concept of expanding everyday perceptions is political; this is not about a new colonialism of networks and aggressive "sensual assaults", but about the basic subversive damage of the consolidated pattern of perception and voluptuous reality, which makes any exertion of power possible to begin with. I do not believe in a composer who represents the system, masks the brutality of the empire with musical entertainment and makes it socially acceptable. I do not believe in a composer who only sees history as a museum-like source of material. I do not believe in a composer who believes in himself.

Bernhard Lang, 1995

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • 2017: "The Cold Trip: a new Winterreise" (CD, Kairos0015018KAI)
  • 2017: "Wenn die Landschaft aufhört: aus Songbook II" (CD: modern lied, mode 297 - mode records)
  • 2016: "Schrift 3 für Akkordeon solo"; Fanny Vicens (CD, Stradivarius)
  • 2016: "Hermetica V: Fremde Sprachen"; Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (CD, Contempuls)
  • 2016: "DW 12: cellular automata"; Hsin-Huei Huang (LP GOD 37, godrec)
  • 2016: "Monadologie XXVII: Brahms-Variationen"; Trio Catch/Sanh (CD, col legno)
  • 2015: "DW 24: loops for Al Jourgensen"; Phase - Simon Pironkoff/Lars Mlekusch
  • 2015: "DW 16 Songbook I" (LP + Bonus-CD GOD 26, godrec)
  • 2014: "Monadologie XIII: The Saucy Maid" (CD, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013)
  • 2014: "Monadologie XV: Druck" (CD, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2013)
  • 2014: Monadologie IX: The Anatomy of Disaster"; Arditti Streichquartett
  • 2014: "Monadologie XX: ... for Franz I"; elole-Klaviertrio
  • 2013: "Monadologie XII"; Klangforum Wien (LP + CD, godrec)
  • 2011: "Schrift 1.2. für Flöten solo"; Beatrix Wagner (CD, Edition Zeitklang)
  • 2011: "TablesAreTurned"; Bernhard Lang, Alter Ego, Philip Jeck (LP, godrec)
  • 2011: "Monadologie IV", Ostravská Banda On Tour (CD 17544, Mutable records)
  • 2010: "Die Sterne des Hungers", "Monadologie VII", Klangforum Wien (CD 0013092KAI, Kairos)
  • 2010: "SCHRIFT/DIFFERENZ", TRIO AMOS (CD 027/2, durian records)
  • 2010: "the return of Erich Zann", Uwe Werner and his fantastic band rediscover and rejuventate: Bernhard Langs Jazz compositions from 1978-1981 
  • 2008: "Elliott Sharp, Bernhard Lang", Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, NOWJazz - War Zones (CD, NEOS 40808)
  • 2008: "LOOPS FROM THE 4th DISTRICT (2003)", FOR DOUBLE BASS AND CD (CD, durian records)
  • 2008: "I Hate Mozart" (2 SACDs + 1 DVD, Col legno)
  • 2008: "Schrift 1.2 für Flöte (1998)" (cdartists.de)
  • 2007: "Schrift 3 für Akkordeon Solo (1997)" (Viviane Chassot, basel)
  • 2007: "DW 14" für Saxophon, Jazztrio und Orchesterloops (cavalli records)
  • 2007: "DW 9" 'Puppe/Tulpe' für Stimme und 8 Instrumente (cavalli records
  • 2007: Steve Lacy New Jazz Meeting Baden-Baden 2002 (hathut)
  • 2006: "DW 17: Doubles/Schatten II", Donaueschinger Musiktage 2005 (CD, col legno)    
  • 2006: "Das Theater der Wiederholungen" (CD, Kairos 0012532KAI)
  • 2006: "TALES OF OCEANS AND DUKE", Bass Clarinet: Volker Hemken (CD, Profil Edition Günter Hänssler)
  • 2005: "DIENZ ZITHERED" CD2 'zither remixed', 12 the scythe by bernhard lang 
  • 2004: "DW8 | DW15 | DW3", musica viva München, Vol. 10 (CD, col legno)
  • 2004: "TRICORDER: NTRIX" (durian records)
  • 2004: "<trio x 3>" New Jazz Meeting Baden-Baden 2002 (hathut)
  • 2004: LaLeLoo: "Sane ->" (CD, tonto #22)
  • 2003: "DW 9 - Puppe/Tulpe morendo", Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2003     
  • 2003: "Laleloo: Loop Pool", Live in Concert (nocords.net)    
  • 2003: "DW 7", DONAUESCHINGER MUSIKTAGE 2002 (CD, col legno)    
  • 2001: "HOMMAGE À MARTIN ARNOLD 2", A ROOM FULL OF SHOES II, "The Lublin Concert" (CD, Extraplatte)
  • 2001: "A ROOMFULL OF SHOES "(CD, tonto #7)     
  • 2001: LaLeLoo: "same" (CD, tonto #12)     
  • 2000: "DIFFERENZ/WIEDERHOLUNG 2" (CD, Kairos 0012112KAI)
  • 1998: "SCHRIFT 2", Violoncello: Michael Moser (CD, durian)    
  • 1998: "Schrift2" für Violoncello Solo, Versuch über das Vergessen 2, CD Klangschnitte 5 (CD, Extraplatte)
  • 1993: "BRÜCHE", CD Klangschnitte 1, (CD, Extraplatte)
  • 1988: "STELE", Dokumentationsplatte des Musikprotokolls 1988