Funny that Roger Bourland at Red Black Window would write about Crumb’s graphic scores at more or less the same time I was talking about score marking, including re-baring some experimentally notated 20th c. works to facilitate performance

 I’ve done a fair bit of Crumb, and, interestingly, I’ve never felt the need to add anything to his notation, and, in fact, have hardly marked his scores at all.

 Is it possible he’s just really good at this whole composition business? Better than most? Did he just think that much harder about his notation than his peers? Could it be?


I’ve found his website, and added it to the links listing on your right.

When will someone ask me to conduct Star Child??


c. 2006 Kenneth Woods

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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