George Crumb

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Date of Birth October 24, 1929
Place of Birth Charleston, West Virginia
Age 91 years old
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George Crumb

George Henry Crumb or George Henry Jr. Crumb is an American composer of modern classical and avant-garde music. He is known as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques, which obtained his innovative techniques in the use of vivid sonorities. Examples include seagull effect for the cello, metallic vibrato for the piano, and using a mallet to play the strings of a double bass, among numerous others. Crumb's most renowned works include Ancient Voices of Children, Black Angels, and Makrokosmos III.

About George Crumb

Composer of contemporary classical music who became known for his extended instrumental and vocal techniques. His orchestral work "Echoes of Time and the River" won him the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1968.

Before Fame

He received his D.M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1959. He primarily taught for a living, and his students included such future notables as Margaret Brouwer, Uri Caine, Christopher Rouse, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, and Cynthia Cozette Lee.


He explored the use of metallic vibrato on the piano and played the contrabass strings with a mallet in several of his pieces.

Family Life

His family was residing in Charleston, West Virginia, when he was born. His son David also became a successful composer.


He and David Lang both won Pulitzer Prizes for Music.

Information related to George Crumb

  • Pulitzer Prize for Music winners
  • International Rostrum of Composers prize-winners
  • Pupils of Ross Lee Finney
  • Arizona State University faculty
  • Members of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin
  • Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
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