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Interview With Composer David Lang / Huffington Post

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In Paolo Sorrentino's movie Youth, Michael Caine plays a retired composer on holiday at a spa in the Swiss Alps. He hears a young student practicing the composition for which he is best known. The precocious boy says his professor finds it easy to learn, and continues, "It's more than that. It is beautiful." Caine's character replies, "I composed it when I loved." The music, "Simple Song #3," is now nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. Last week the Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, known for his work in classical music, stepped out of the class in music composition he was teaching at Yale to talk to me about making music for movies.