George Crumb’s “Dream Sequence (Images II)”: A Spectral Soundscape

The American composer George Crumb passed away yesterday at his home in Media, Pennsylvania. He was 92. Crumb was one of the twentieth century’s most innovative colorists. His exploration of timbre led to the use of numerous extended instrumental and vocal techniques, such as a strummed or prepared piano and electronic amplification. He experimented with alternative forms of notation and theatrical performance elements. Throughout his music, the influence of Mahler, Debussy, and Bartók …

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