In several pieces he asks players to leave and enter the stage during the piece. He has also used unusual layouts of musical notation in a number of his scores. In several pieces, the music is symbolically laid out in a circular or spiral fashion. Black Angels (1970) is a piece which displays Crumb's interest in exploring a wide range of timbres. Written for amplified string quartet (referred to as "electric string quartet" by the composer in the score, although the instruments called for are acoustic ones), the players are required to play various percussion instruments and to bow small goblets as well as to play their instruments in both conventional and unconventional ways.
It is one of Crumb's best known pieces, and has been recorded by the Kronos Quartet. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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