David T. Little
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: David T. Little

Littleā€™s music can groove, moving in ways that are at once loose and spring-loaded and his affinity...

Composer Portraits

David T. Little

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 8pm

David T. Little grapples with essential human issues through powerfully dramatic compositions. This Portrait features two major works—companion pieces presented together for the first time—that explore the tension between the individual, secrecy, and state violence. Haunt of Last Nightfall, a visceral “ghost play in two acts” for percussion quartet and electronics, examines America’s role in the 1981 massacre at El Mozote. AGENCY, for string quartet and electronics, questions individual autonomy, whether we are subject to unknown and powerful social and political forces. Together, they offer a disquieting account of our place in contemporary society. 

Read the Q&A with Melissa Smey about this Portrait by writer Lara Pellegrinelli



Repertoire

  • AGENCY (2013), New York premiere
  • Haunt of Last Nightfall (a ghost play in two acts) (2010)

Additional Information


Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre