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Happy Birthday, George Crumb!

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 23, 2009

80 years ago, composer George Crumb was born in Charleston, West Virginia.   Happy 80th Birthday!


George Crumb
George Crumb


Anna Sale interviewed George Crumb two years ago for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, when he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.  It's worth watching and hearing:

A Conversation with George Crumb


Are you a fan of his music?  Do you have a favorite piece? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I first heard his music in high school, when a teacher played a recording of Black Angels for us in music theory class. I then saw Crumb perform Mundis Canis [Dog's World] with David Starobin. I've since heard many more of his pieces (including the excellent Ancient Voices of Children, Vox Balanae, and Night of the Four Moons). 

I love the sound of his music, his use of space, and the sense of wonder, mystery, and beauty that his music evokes for me. 

So, to George Crumb -- thank you for all the wonderful music, and best wishes from West Virginia for a happy birthday!

* Addition: University of Missouri, Kansas City is celebrating the occasion in style, with a George Crumb 80th Birthday Festival.


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