Sept. 2, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa — George Crumb, winner of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize in composition and a Grammy Award in 2001, will be in residence at Bucknell University Sept. 16-19.
As part of the residency, the composer will give a lecture/demonstration Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.
During the lecture, "A Journey in Sound," he will discuss his music and his recent settings of American folk music.
Named "Composer of the Year" by Musical America in honor of his 75th birthday, Crumb is one of the most frequently performed composers in the world today, with festivals devoted to his music occurring throughout the world.
Retired from his teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania after more than 30 years of service, Crumb continues to compose new scores that are enriching the musical lives of all who come in contact with his profoundly humanistic art.
His music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, with references that range from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-western musics.
Many of his works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements that often are reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores.
Crumb's music also will be part of a program of music performed by Quattro Mani Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall.
Both the lecture and the concert are open to the public without charge.
For information about the residency, contact the Bucknell music department at 577-1239.