David John Lang


David John Lang lives in Adelaide and writes music for orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists; for concerts, recordings, theatre and film; for musicians, the world, God and the sheer joy of it. David loves creating art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. His music often reflects his love of storytelling, whimsical sense of humour and instinct for drama.

Like most composers, David has been commissioned by various people and has occasionally won awards. He’s been on three AYO National Music Camps and one Atlantic Music Festival. His teachers have included Graeme Koehne, David Harris, John Polglase and Charles Bodman Rae. David is also a conductor, trumpet player and writer of concert program notes. He loves reading, walking and eating good chocolate.

Composer website:  www.davidjohnlang.com


The Three Little Pigs, for 3 clarinets (2 in B-flat, 1 in A).

If you’re going to tell a fairy tale, be sure to use lots of exaggerated voices and dramatic pauses. Three clarinets take on the role of storyteller for this piece – they growl like a wolf, squeal like a pig, and huff-and-puff with increasing vigour to blow the house down. Who needs words?

Featured in the playlist: Small Ensemble Waves (1/03/2016)