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George Crumb: Voice of the Whale

Now on DVD from MVD Visual!

GEORGE CRUMB:
VOICE OF THE WHALE
(1976)

A 54-minute portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb featuring a performance of his "Vox Balaenae for Three Masked Players."

   
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"This DVD of Mr. Crumb is among the more crucial of Mugge's works, as visual imprints of a-v musics being performed are rare and invaluable…‘n, man o man, I’d love to see the score sheets the pianist is playing from!: they look bizarre as hell, something Wernick correctly cites as “calligraphy”. More, Voice of the Whale is an illuminating peek into Crumb’s personal life, which was as plain and Levittown as any blue collar workaday despite that famed psychedelic oeuvre: we see him playing Frisbee, in duet with cellist/pianist son David, his wife taking time away from the laundry and lunch preparations to speak about her husband, and so on. Mr. Mugge captured a moment that existed, my friends, in a much different time. Would that more had followed his example, we'd be much richer for the move."
- Mark S. Tucker, VERITAS VAMPIRUS

 


George Crumb in mask

Filmmaker Robert Mugge interviewed in the Baltimore Sun about the PBS premiere
of GEORGE CRUMB:  VOICE OF THE WHALE.

Filmmaker Robert Mugge's invitation for the national television premiere
of GEORGE CRUMB:  VOICE OF THE WHALE.

     
 
George Crumb   George Crumb & Richard Wernick with musicians Carole Morgan,
Lambert Orkis & Barbara Haffner

Preparing to shoot a performance of "Vox Balaenae for Three Masked Players"

Photos by Marvin R.A. Johnson, FAIA