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Composer draws parallels with a 'Passion'
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Published in 4-3-2014
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Reading Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," the story of a girl trudging barefoot through snowy streets, composer David Lang saw a parable equating the child's suffering with that of Jesus. Despite the girl's agonies in the cold as she tries fruitlessly to earn money by selling matches, her mind brings back sweet memories. "The Passion format - the telling of a story while simultaneously commenting upon it - has the effect of placing us in the middle of the action, and it gives the narrative a powerful inevitability," Lang writes.