George Crumb Death : Beloved American Composer Dies at 92.

By | June 12, 2022

American composer George Crumb has died at the age of 92.

His death was announced on twitter by Bridge Records—which released many records by Crumb across his career including the 2021 Marcantonio Barone collaboration Metamorphoses, Books I & II died. He was 92 years old. Pitchfork reported.

Who is George Crumb

George Henry Crumb or George Henry Jr. Crumb was an American composer of modern classical and avant-garde music. He was known as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques, which obtain vivid sonorities.

Born: October 24, 1929 (age 92 years), Charleston, WV
Spouse: Elizabeth May Brown (m. 1949)
Children: Ann Crumb, David Crumb
Education: University of Michigan (1959),

Reacting to the news of George Crumb’s death,  Tom Misson wrote

One of my favourite contemporary composers, George Crumb, has died at 92. The sheer fluency and organicism of his extended techniques is something I’ll never reach in a mere 92 years. He would exploit a huge range of unconventional timbres from unassuming and conventional instruments without the sounds seeming anything but expressively essential.
My personal favorite piece, Lux Aeterna, bathes one in an atmospheric, dreamy, and spacious world of unusual colours both bright and deep, seemingly resonating with your body. At times, the journey from primal to the deeply meditative in Lux Aeterna felt like a conduit which one could use to connect to another
plane of consciousness.
Vox Balaenae is another favourite with its messages of environmental protectionism woven into a soundworld of whale song from the vastness of the deepest oceans. It’s strange references to Strauss’ response to Thus Spake Zarathustra likely questioning humankind’s role on earth, just as Nietzsche’s treatise did.
His most famous work, Black Angels, was an exploration of the horrors of the Vietnam war. Underneath its emotional immediacy and surreal but impactful surface layer, Black Angels is built on a highly organized system of numerology and symbolism. David Bowie is reportedly a big fan of this piece. Another tick of approval.
Scores are works of art in themselves, taking the form of instructions in giving life to another artwork. When pondering this, many people’s minds would picture George Crumb, and I can imagine framing his unusual scores on my wall. Now would be a good time.
I’ll miss you George.


Jeremy Esquer said : I just received some unfortunate news. Pulitzer and Grammy award winning composer George Crumb passed away today. This man is by far one of the greatest composers that was ever introduced to me. This man’s music paved the way for a pivotal moment in my understanding of music and more; He opened up my eyes to a new world of creation and thought. In my eyes, this man was a genius.

He will continue to live on in his music and the inspiration he gave to everyone.

“Ancient voices of Children” will always be a groundbreaking work for me. Thank you for your magnificent imagination and insight to the world around us. Rest In Peace.

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