Zeitgeist : Work information

Composers
George (Henry) Crumb ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Susan Grace (Piano), Alice Rybak (Piano)

This work

Work name
Zeitgeist
Work number
n/a
Key
n/a
Genre
A
Composed
1987-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Label
Bridge
Producer
Becky and David Starobin
Engineer
Michael B. Grace
Recording date
2000-08-01 01:00:00

The Composers

George (Henry) Crumb

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, George Crumb attended the universities of Illinois and Michigan before teaching at Colorado and Pennsylvania, where he remained until retiring in 1995.  His orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River (1967) won him the Pulitzer prize and he has written many choral pieces inspired by the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Crumb's use of extended performance techniques leads to his music being at once sonorous and disjointed.  He cites Béla Bartók as a major influence, and shares with him an uncomfortable sense of the macabre.  His Makrokosmos piano collections can be seen as picking up Bartók's thread, and as with Crumb's string quartet Black Angels he specifies that the acoustic instruments be amplified.  The esoteric titles and themes of Crumb's work (a movement of Black Angels is entitled 'Night of the Electric Insects') are echoed in esoteric compositional techniques.  Quotation, parody and dreamlike mood invite comparisons with Luciano Berio - both composers are hugely devoted to the work of Gustav Mahler

Track listing

  • Portent: Molto moderato, il ritmo ben marcato 7:17 min
  • Two Harlequins: Vivace, molto capriccioso 4:03 min
  • Monochord: Lentamente, misterioso 5:10 min
  • Day of the Comet: Prestissimo 3:03 min
  • The Realm of Morpheus (\"...the inner eye of dreams\") 4:18 min
  • Reverberations: Molto moderato, il ritmo ben marcato 5:46 min