Filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (“La grande bellezza”) nabbed the award for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, becoming the first Italian film in 25 years to take home that prize. (Italian auteurs have won Oscars since then, but not a Globe.)
Tomorrow night, Yale composer David Lang, whose music was used in the film, will chat with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art director and CEO Susan Talbott about his music’s involvement, followed by a screening of “La grande bellezza.” The event ($7-$9) takes place at the Wadsworth (600 Main St., Hartford) beginning at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. doors). Buy tickets online at thewadsworth.org or call 860-838-4100.
One Lang composition used by Sorrentino in the film is “I Lie,” a five-minute choral work on a Yiddish text by Joseph Rolnick, published in 2001 and premiered that June at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. It appears on several recordings, including “David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion,” a 2009 Harmonia Mundi release featuring the Paul Hillier-directed Theatre of Voices. (Lang’s “Passion,” co-commissioned by Hillier/Theatre of Voices and Carnegie Hall, won him the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.)
Have a listen to “I Lie.”