David Crumb | Composer

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Nocturne: a 7-minute work for solo piano, completed in 2015. Commissioned by Portland Piano International to be featured on their “Rising Stars” concert series. “Rising Stars” are up-and-coming pianists who are selected from universities and conservatories around the world. These young artists perform multiple recitals across Oregon. The premiere of Nocturne is scheduled for November 2015.

Sea Garden: three settings of poems by Hilda Doolittle, from her Sea Garden collection. Available in two versions: a cappella SSAATTBB choir, or chamber ensemble of 8 or 16 vocalists. Completed in 2015, this work has not yet been performed.

Vocalise: this 10-minute work for three string quartets is also available as a version for string orchestra. Commissioned by Cassatt-in-the-Basin, an outreach program administered by the Cassatt Quartet, this work was premiered March 2014 in Odessa, Texas.

Mood Sequence: this 14-minute work for flute, cello, and piano is also available in a version for traditional piano trio (scored for violin instead of flute). Commissioned by the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, the work was premiered by festival musicians in June 2012. Since then, Mood Sequence was awarded two international prizes: the 2014 Heckscher Prize from Ithaca College; and the 2015 Portland Chamber Music Festival International Composers Competition prize. Program Notes | mp3 Clip

Red Desert Triptych: a 35-minute work for solo piano, composed over several years (2006-2011). I began composing Red Desert Triptych while in residence at Copland House. Premiered in 2011 by Canadian pianist Corey Hamm, this veritable “symphony” for piano serves as the title track of a recently released compact disc featuring a definitive performance by Philadelphia-area pianist Marcantonio Barone (Red Desert, Bridge 9450). Program Notes | Review | Youtube

Kinetikus: commissioned by the University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, this ten-minute work for an “orchestra” of keyboard percussion (5 marimbas, 2 xylophones, 3 vibraphones, glockenspiel) was completed and premiered in 2009. Subsequently, Kinetikus was presented at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and performed by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in 2013. Program Notes | mp3 Clip | mp3 Clip 2

September Elegy (version for violin and orchestra):  originally for violin and piano, I created a transcription for solo violin and orchestra in 2008. Gerald Elias, violin, and the Utah Symphony (Keith Lockhart, conductor) premiered this new version during that same year. Program Notes | Review