George Crumb

American musician George Crumb was born into a musical family on October 24, 1929 and is one of the most fascinating composers of our time. He studied with the American composer Ross Lee Finney and with Boris Blacher in Berlin. Later he taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder and from 1965 to 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Crumb likes to experiment with unusual vocal and instrumental techniques and uses them to produce a broad spectrum of sound colors, most of which suggestively comprise magical-mystical dimensions. One significant element in his works is silence, which exposed in this way become a listening experience. Structural techniques also penetrate the notation, so that Crumb?s scores are also graphic artworks. ?The notation should be a communicative element, insofar as this is possible. The pieces written in circular form also run in a musical circle.?

 

George Crumb has received a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral work ?Echoes of Time and the River? (1968) and a Grammy Award for ?Star Child? (2001).

 

Born on October 24, 1929, in Charleston, West Virginia