George Crumb - entrevista y comentarios. Mexico City, BAUR, John. Music Theory through Literature.
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Aside from his Early Songs written in Apparition was the first of his compositions for solo voice and piano, and the first in English. The idiom of the work is modern, even avant-garde, but the achingly beautiful melody line and the nimbus of shimmering, ravishing piano colors makes it a remarkably easy work to listen to.
Amplification of the piano permits strange and haunting new sonorities. The sound suggests a kind of super auto-harp. Amplification permits the soft sounds that result to hang and pulsate in the air while the soprano sings her sorrowful song, which pictures the soul turning towards the vast ocean of death.
There are other notable effects. The six vocal sections are interspersed with three vocalises i. The first and third of these "Summer Sounds" and "Death Carol, Song of the Nightbird" , sometimes have syllables imitating bird sounds. The second vocalise "Invocation to the Dark Angel" and next song, "Approach Strong Deliveress" are the emotional high point. As Crumb frequently does, he uses harsh, angular music in the vocalise to depict a negative side of Nature, but in the song the powerful energy turns to a kind of ecstatic march rejoicing in deliverance.
Then comes a beautiful and intense welcome of death. A repeat of the opening song symbolizes the circular nature of life and death, a cycle never-ending. Vocalise No.
Zulkitaur Amplification of the piano permits strange and haunting new sonorities. The idiom of the work is modern, even avant-garde, but the achingly beautiful melody line and the nimbus of shimmering, ravishing piano colors makes it a remarkably easy work to listen to. And if even a musician can get a little nervous at the thought of analyzing chromatic harmony apparitionn melodic structure, think about how the casual listener might feel. Crumb was first inspired by the profound piece when he was growing up in West Virginia.
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Biography[ edit ] Crumb was born in Charleston, West Virginia , and began to compose at an early age. He obtained his M. Crumb has earned his living primarily from teaching. His first teaching job was at a college in Virginia , before he became professor of piano and composition at the University of Colorado in In he began a long association with the University of Pennsylvania , becoming Annenberg Professor of the Humanities in