Personalities | George Crumb | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1929
American composer

Crumb studied with Boris Blacher (1903–75) and Ross Lee Finney (1906–97). A strong identification with the writer García Lorca is reflected in the surreal, otherworldly soundscapes he has composed (Ancient Voices of Children, 1970). To create these he used unusual performance instructions, such as playing woodwind instruments with thimbles. Crumb also has an inclination towards parody, for instance quoting a Bach fugue in Music for a Summer Evening (1974).

Recommended Recording:
Black Angels, Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch/Warner)

Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
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