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Crumb, George / Voices From The Morning Of The Earth
Album:Voices From The Morning Of The Earth Collection:Classical
Artist:Crumb, George Added:08/2016
Label:Bridge Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2016-08-15 Pull Date:2016-10-17 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:9 Oct18 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 04, 2016:Waste FM
O Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells (2:36)
3.Sep 13, 2016:Celtic By Caronis
My Lord, What A Beautiful Morning! (6:56), An Idyll For The Misbegotten (11:43)
2.Sep 13, 2016:Celtic By Caronis
Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (8:18)

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2016-08-11 
This CD presents the 6th of 7 American Songbooks that occupied Crumb at the millenmium’s opening. He amplifies the “folk idiom” by adding a “prepared” concert-grand piano and 100+ percussion instruments that echo their global identities: drums, snare snips, gongs, marimba, crotales, tubular bells, sleigh bells, cymbals, glockenspiel, vibraphone, and tam-tam. The effects range from Western, Colorado, Ozark and Appalachian sonorities, to the percussive sounds of Indonesian gamelan orchestras. Thus, he combines ethnic-American identities with a global awareness that embraces Bartok, Mahler, Debussy, Ives and Webern. Along with the human voice, the instruments’ metallic sounds provide an irony that Crumb admits is part of his style. True to his sense of “exotic” harmony, many of his songs utilize pentatonic scales (5 notes per octave) and modal chord combinations (the 7 modes each start on a different note in the octave).
An Idyll for the Misbegotten (Images III) for amplified flute and percussion (1986) was inspired by Debussy’s work for flute solo, Syrinx (1912). Crumb intends the piece as a paean to peace and renewed brotherhood. The Sleeper (1984) for mezzo-soprano and amplified piano has words by Edgar Allan Poe. Crumb adjusts Poe’s eerie lament into a meditation on a woman slumbering beneath the “mystic moon.” At the end, the piano invokes the midnight bell five times.

Track Listing
1.My Lord, What A Beautiful Morning! (6:56) 7.When The Saints Go Marching In (3:32)
2.A Mountaineer?S Sad Song (6:10) 8.Goodbye, Old Paint (4:40)
3.Weep, All Ye Little Rains (4:36) 9.O Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells (2:36)
4.Dry Bones (2:59) 10.Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (8:18)
5.Put My Little Shoes Away (4:02) 11.An Idyll For The Misbegotten (11:43)
6.Blowin? In The Wind (5:45) 12.The Sleeper (4:50)