George Crumb: Voice of the Whale Analysis is a study and performance practice site for the work by George Crumb. The site contains seven sections titled: Sample Sounds, Performance Notes, Score, Writings, Recordings and Assignments. The site provides performance and background information with notated score and aural examples of this work.
The major goal is to learn the performance techniques and background information to successfully understand and perform "Voice of the Whale."
Target Student Population:
College level music students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some familiarity in comtemporary music would enhance the learning experience.
Type of Material:
This would be an ideal site to help college level contemporary chamber ensemble prepare a performance of this work. Accompanied by assignment questions about the study of this work, this site could be used as a module in a course on contemporary music.
Works well with any computer with an online connection. Requires either Quicktime Player or Flash.
Evaluation and Observation
The information is clear, concise and accurate. The site also includes links to other reference sites on or related to George Crumb and his music.
A more extensive narrative on the challenges of performing each technique might provide students with a clearer understanding of how to master each technique. This site is part of Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and one can easily move away from the information for this discussion because of the many links available in the left frame.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The strength of this site is in isolating specific contemporary performance practices necessary for the performance of the work, providing a notated and aural example of each technique, and providing a narrative description of the technique.
The audience for this site must be relatively advanced to benefit. It is not recommended for an introductory lecture/demonstration for the 20th century. The links are labeled and arranged in a non-sequential format. This may be seen as either a strength or weakness depending on the use of the site.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use.
The links that produce a new window is not always consistent. Two or three pages into a link it becomes a little difficult to "back out."