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Composer David Lang on Writing 'Simple Song #3' for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth / Variety

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Throughout Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth," composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) is asked to conduct a performance of his most famous work, "Simple Song #3." It's a deeply personal work that the audience hears in full only at the end of the film, when it's performed by celebrated soprano Sumi Jo. To come up with a song that would have such a powerful effect, Sorrentino turned to composer David Lang, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music for choral work "The Little Match Girl Passion."

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