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George Crumb

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George Crumb was born in Charleston , West Virginia on 24 October 1929 . He studied at the Mason College of Music in Charleston and received the B.Mus. degree in 1950. Thereafter he studied for the Master's degree at the University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana. He continued his studies in Berlin , and received the D.M.A. in 1959 from the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor . Though George Crumb began composing as a teenager, he regards most of his early music as juvenilia, and has discouraged performances of these early compositions. In the 1960s and 1970s, George Crumb produced a series of compositions that were highly successful, earning the composer numerous international performances, recordings, and awards. Many of these were vocal works based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, including:

  • Ancient Voices of Children

  • Madrigals, Books 1-4

  • Night of the Four Moons

  • Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death

  • Federico's Little Songs for Children

Crumb has received numerous awards, honors and commissions including the Pulitzer Prize, International Rostrum of Composers UNESCO Award, including the Fromm, Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Rockefeller Foundations and is a member of the National Institute of Arts & Letters. In 2001 his work Star-Child received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition.

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