George Crumb

George Henry Crumb[1][2] or George Henry Jr. Crumb[3] (born October 24, 1929) is an American composer of modern classical and avant-garde music.[4] He is known as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques, which obtain vivid sonorities.[1] 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 double bass (e.g. Madrigals, Book I), among numerous others. Crumb's most renowned works include Ancient Voices of Children (1970), Black Angels (1971), and Makrokosmos III (1974).

George Crumb
Crumb attends a performance at Alice Tully Hall in honor of his 90th birthday
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Henry Crumb
Born (1929-10-24) October 24, 1929 (age 92)
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
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