George Crumb

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George Crumb

George Henry Crumb Jr.[1][2][3] (October 24, 1929 – February 6, 2022) was an American composer. His works were modern classical and avant-garde music.[4] He is known for creating unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques.

Crumb’s most famous works include Ancient Voices of Children (1970), Black Angels (1971), and Makrokosmos III (1974).

Crumb won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River and a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition for his work Star-Child .[5]

Crumb was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He studied at the University of Charleston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Michigan. He had one son, composer David and had one daughter actress Ann Crumb (who died in October 2019).[6] Crumb died on February 6, 2022 in Media, Pennsylvania at the age of 92.[7]

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  1. "George Crumb". Encyclopedia Britannica. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. Richard Steinits, "Crumb, George (Henry)", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, secnd edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001).
  3. Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Kuhn, and Dennis McIntire, "Crumb, George (Henry Jr.)", Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, edited by Nicolas Slonimsky and Laura Kuhn (New York, NY: Schirmer, 2001): 2:765–66.
  4. Mayfield, Connie (2012). Theory Essentials; An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Ear Training and Keyboard Skills. Cengage Learning. p. 560. ISBN 9781133308188.
  5. "2000 Grammy Award Winners". Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  6. "Tony-nominated actress Ann Crumb dead at 69". Fox News. November 1, 2019.
  7. George Crumb, Eclectic Composer Who Searched for Sounds, Dies at 92

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