Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
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Written to be performed even by people who cannot read music, it went a long way to capture the excitement, but also the fear, loneliness and confusion of being in a crowd.For the Birmingham premiere, the 1,000 performers included nurses, teachers, manual labourers, lawyers, school children and a smattering of music students, plus many members of amateur choirs.Halsey said Lang's piece set an excellent example of showing a way to involve the broader public in musical performances.With its 40 minutes of eddying currents of whispering, shouting, clapping, singing and talking, the piece struck a powerful chord with some of spectators.
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