Philip Krumm

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Philip Krumm (born April 7, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American composer who was "a pioneer of modal, repetitive pattern music".[1] Krumm studied orchestration and composition with Raymond Moses in high school, with Frank Sturchio at Saint Mary's University, with Ross Lee Finney at University of Michigan, and with Karlheinz Stockhausen at the University of California at Davis.

In 1960, as a high school student, Krumm began producing an early concert series of major modern works by John Cage, Richard Maxfield, Philip Corner, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, himself and others at McNay Art Institute, San Antonio. He recruited "Blue" Gene Tyranny, also in high school at the time, to perform in this series. Krumm then moved to Ann Arbor, MI where he was a performer and composer in the ONCE Festival in 1962–64. While touring with the ONCE Group, he participated in a Carnegie Hall performance with Yoko Ono, George Brecht, and Terry Jennings. In 1963 he met Jerry Hunt while performing at Roger Shattuck's 'Pataphysics Festival in Austin, Texas, and the two composers toured together and collaborated on several projects.


  • Paragenesis for two violins and piano (1959)
  • Axis (1962)
  • Mumma Mix (1962)
  • Music for Clocks (1962)
  • Formations (1962)
  • Concerto for saxophone (1964)
  • Sound Machine (1966)
  • Farewell to LA (electronic theatre, 1975)
  • Secret Pleasures (dance suite, 1988–89)
  • No Time at All for electronic instruments (1989)
  • Into the Pines for electronic instruments (1989)
  • The Gabrieli Thing for electronic instruments (1989)
  • Banshee Fantasia (commissioned by Bay Area Pianists for 100th anniversary of Henry Cowell’s birth, 1997)
  • Film soundtrack: Angel of God (short film)


Other works[edit]

Work in television: Music Hour (with Jerry Hunt, 1964), Sampler (with Robert Wilson, 1964).

Publications: Music Without Notes (1962), Action Art: A Bibliography of Artists' Performance from Futurism to Fluxus and Beyond (1993).


  1. ^ 88 Keys to Freedom: Segues Through the History of American Piano Music. [1] (Accessed June 13, 2006)

External links[edit]


  • Tyranny, "Blue" Gene (October 1, 2003). "88 Keys to Freedom: Segues Through the History of American Piano Music". New Music Box. Retrieved June 13, 2006.