George Crumb’s Star-Child wins Grammy


George Crumb
George Crumb
photo by Sabine Matthes

Congratulations to George Crumb on being honored with a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition at the 43rd annual presentation of the awards on February 21, 2001. The winning piece, Star-Child, for soprano, antiphonal children’s voices, male speaking choir, bell ringers, and large orchestra, was composed in 1977 and recorded on Bridge Records in 1999. The Bridge recording was produced by the label’s co-principal, David Starobin and features Susan Narucki, soprano; Joseph Alessi, solo trombone; the Warsaw Boys’ Choir; the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; George Crumb and Paul Cesarczyk, bell ringers; the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; and Thomas Conlin, conductor.

The recording was funded in part by The Aaron Copland Fund. Other works on the all-Crumb CD are Mundus Canis (1998) (David Starobin, guitar, George Crumb, percussion) and Three Early Songs (1947) (Ann Crumb, soprano, George Crumb, piano). For an in-depth look at Star Child, its composer, and interviews with Conlin and Starobin, go to the American Symphony Orchestra League’s NewMusicNow website and click on “More Works to Explore.”