Monday, 4 December 2017
George Crumb - Voice Of The Whale / Night Of The Four Moons (1974)
The other work on this 1974 release was Night Of The Four Moons, which was composed during the Apollo 11 flight to the moon and is set in four sections, each taking a fragment of text by Federico Garcia Lorca (whose words Crumb frequently set to music around this time). Musically it's as wonderfully strange as Whale, if not more, as the mezzo-soprano intones eerily over a fractured dreamscape of flutes, banjo, percussion and amplified cello. Totally must get myself Crumbed up to the max, I love his stuff more and more every time I give it a go.