George Crumb (American composer of modern and avant-garde music)

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George Crumb (born October 24, 1929) is an American composer of avant-garde music. He is noted as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques. Examples include seagull effect for the cello (e.g. Vox Balaenae), metallic vibrato for the piano (e.g. Five Pieces for Piano), and using a mallet to play the strings of a contrabass (e.g. Madrigals, Book I), among numerous others. He is not an electronic music composer; however, many works call for amplification of instruments, such as Black Angels (string quartet) or Ancient Voices of Children (mixed ensemble). Crumb defines music as "a system of proportions in the service of spiritual impulse."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Crumb: A Haunted Landscape / Schuman: Three Colloquies for Horn and Orchestra George Crumb, William Schuman; New York Philharmonic 1
1990 Ancient Voices of Children / Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) George Crumb 1
1995 Crumb: Music for A Summer Evening - A Little Suite for Christmas - Five Pieces for Piano George Crumb 1
1996 Quest / Federico's Little Songs for Children / Night Music I George Crumb; Speculum Musicae 1
1997 Makrokosmos I & II George Crumb; Christiane Mathé 1
2000 Œuvres pour violoncelle seul Dutilleux, Ligeti, Bacri, Crumb, Henze; Emmanuelle Bertrand 1
2000 Recital 2000 Prokofiev, Crumb, Webern, Respighi; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis 5 1
2001 Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death / Apparition / A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 George Crumb 1
2003 Complete Crumb Edition, Volume Six George Crumb 1
2003 Variazioni / Echoes of Time and the River (Echoes II) George Crumb; Louisville Orchestra 1
2003 Makrokosmos I & II George Crumb 1
2004 Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 8 George Crumb 1
2006 Music for a Summer Evening / Black Angels George Crumb 1
2006 Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death George Crumb; Ensemble New Art, Fuat Kent 1
2006 Vox Balaenae George Crumb; New Music Concerts Ensemble, Robert Aitken 1
2008 Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 12 George Crumb 1
2009 Alone: Works for Solo Cello Ligeti, Hindemith, Crumb, Ho, Vasks, Sòllima; Li-Wei 1
2009 Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante / Tcherepnin: Suite for Cello Solo / Crumb: Sonata for Cello Solo Prokofiev, Tcherepnin, Crumb; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestr, Vassily Sinaisky, Pieter Wispelwey 1
2011 American Music Reich, Barber, Crumb; Quatuor Diotima 1
2014 Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 16 George Crumb 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Solitary Cello: Cello Music from the Twentieth Century Kodály, Crumb, Hindemith, Sallinen; Frans Helmerson 1
Death and the Maiden & Black Angels Schubert, Crumb 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 An Idyll for the Misbegotten / Vox Balaenae / Madrigals, Books I–IV George Crumb; Zizi Mueller, Jan DeGaetani 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Ives Songs & Crumb Apparition Charles Ives&George Crumb:Jan DeGaetani,Gilbert Kalish 1

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