Listen: George Crumb and Large Ensembles at New Music New Haven
Sunday, August 02, 2015
George Crumb was the featured composer of New Music New Haven's second 2012-2013 season concert. In addition, several works by Yale graduate student composers Benjamin Wallace, Bálint Karosi and Michael Gilbertson were performed by large chamber ensembles.
Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) is just as much a piece for amplified flute, cello and piano as it is a piece for atmosphere. During the performance, musicians wear black half-masks, and the lighting of the stage turns a dark blue, meant to reflect the song of the humpback whale. Crumb heard a tape recording of the sound before writing the piece in 1971. His American Songbook series explores Appalachian folk songs and lore and is written for amplified piano and percussion quartet.
Listen to the individual pieces below.
George Crumb - Vox Balaenae
George Crumb – American Songbook III
Benjamin Wallace - Tick
Bálint Karosi – Four Temperments: Phlegmatic
Michael Gilbertson - Who Remembers Day
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Recorded by Eugene Kimball for New Music New Haven.