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Morris Lang
Recent quote on Facebook about his birthyear - (2018)


Born: 1931

Country: USA

Studies: Juilliard School of Music (1948-53)

Teachers: Saul Goodman, Morris Goldenberg, Billy Gladstone


Mention: Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society (2000) PAS Hall of Fame[1]

Morris Lang attended the Juilliard School. In 1955, shortly after graduation, he was appointed Associate Principal Timpanist and percussionist with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed with music directors from Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta to Kurt Mazur on hundreds of recordings and on television including the famous Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts” and “Live from Lincoln Center.” Tours with the Philharmonic included all of Western Europe, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, India, South America, the former Soviet Union, Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Among his solo recordings is Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat and he is the first person to have recorded all Eight Pieces for Timpani by Elliot Carter. His publications include The Beginning Snare Drummer, The New Conception (drum set), and Dictionary of Percussion Terms. Mr. Lang is Professor of Percussion at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College and in charge of the Doctoral Percussion Program at CUNY. At the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) 2000 he was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame.[2]

Books for Percussion

Cirone, Anthony; Charles Dowd, Morris Lang, Percussion Masterclass on Works by Carter, Milhaud and Stravinsky. Delray Beach, Fl: Meredith Music Pub., 2010

Works for Percussion

FissionPercussion Duo
Fourteen Contemporary EtudesMallets Solo
The Beginning Snare DrummerSnare drum Solo
Three Puerto Rican SongsPercussion Quintet; Voice