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Black Angels - Thirteen Images from the Dark Land (Images I)
for Electric String Quartet
By George Crumb

String Quartets amplified string quartet - Difficulty: difficult
For Electric String Quartet. Composed by George Crumb (1929-). String Quartets. Edition Peters. 20th Century. Full score. With full score notation and performance notes. Composed 1970. 9 pages. Duration 24m. Edition Peters #98-EP66304. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP66304).

Item Number: PE.EP66304

ISBN 9790300720364. 16.5x20.5 inches. English.

'Black Angels' (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) was conceived as a kind of parable on our troubled contemporary world. The numerous quasi-programmatic allusions in the work are therefore symbolic, although the essential polarity - God versus Devil - implies more than a purely metaphysical reality. The image of the 'black angel' was a conventional device used by early painters to symbolize the fallen angel. (George Crumb)

Not only a contemporary classic of the string quartet literature, Crumb's 'Black Angel' is one of his most iconic scores. Produced in large format. 4 Copies needed for performance (performers play from the score).

  • I. Departure  1. Threnody I: Night of the Electric Insects; 2. Sounds of Bones and Flutes; 3. Lost Bells; 4. Devil-Music; 5. Danse Macabre
  • II. Absence  6. Pavana Lachrymae; 7. Threnody II: Black Angels; 8. Sarabanda de la Muerte Oscura; 9. Lost Bells (Echo)
  • III. Return  10. God-music; 11. Ancient Voices; 12. Ancient Voices (Echo); 13. Threnody III: Night of the Electric Insects
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  • 2002-01-16 00:00:00.0 Black Angels truely an experience

    I have not yet purchased this but instead was able to rent it from a library. I would, however, like to encourage everyone interested in modern string music to take a look at it. Just the written music is a work of art in itself! It's very hard to...

    perform but I greatly enjoyed practicing it with my string quartet.

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