George Crumb (1929 - 2022)
George Crumb was a world-renowned composer, beloved by musicians and audiences alike for his aurally and visually stunning scores. The Los Angeles Times described him as “…an all-American composer – one of our best, most original and most important.” Black Angels, his best-known work, was described by David Bowie as one of his favorite records: “a study in spiritual annihilation.” That piece, said Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, “opened up a whole new world to me…. I had no choice but to form Kronos.”
He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for his compositions, and his groundbreaking, evocative music has been used again and again in works ranging from ballets to Hollywood films, including The Exorcist. His scores are routinely taught in textbooks and in conservatories around the world, and his influence on contemporary music is immeasurable.