George Crumb

Composer

1929 –

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Who is George Crumb?

George Crumb is an American composer of contemporary classical 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, metallic vibrato for the piano, and using a mallet to play the strings of a contrabass, among numerous others. He is not an electronic music composer; however, many works call for amplification of instruments, such as Black Angels or Ancient Voices of Children. Crumb's music contains an intense humanism, which is reflected in his personal definition of music: "a system of proportions in the service of spiritual impulse."

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Born
Oct 24, 1929
Charleston
Also known as
  • Crumb, George
  • George H. Crumb
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Master's Degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Michigan
    Music
    ( - 1959)
Employment
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Arizona State University
Lived in
  • Charleston
  • Arizona
    (2002 - )

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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