Call Number: M1045 .W15 F6 1992
Call Number: M1614.W32 L5 1996
Call Number: M452 .W179 no.1 2008
Call Number: M23 .W24 no.1, 1991
Call Number: M312.W179 M8 2008
Call Number: M1621.W334 E4 1986
(b. Washington, DC, June 27, 1922). American composer and pianist. He studied the piano as a child and later attended the Oberlin College Conservatory (BMus), the Eastman School of Music (DMA), the Curtis Institute of Music and the American Conservatory, Fontainebleau; his teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Robert Casadesus, Clifford Curzon and Rudolf Serkin. An accomplished pianist, he toured extensively both in the USA and abroad. His teaching appointments have included positions at Dillard University, the New School of Social Research, Smith College, the University of Colorado, Boulder and Rutgers University (1969–92). Among his honours are Fulbright, Whitney, Guggenheim, Rockefeller and MacDowell fellowships, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1982), a Pulitzer Prize (1996, for Lilacs), and commissions from orchestras such as the Boston SO and the New York PO.
George Walker completed his first major composition, the String Quartet no.1, in 1946. His mature style reflects the influence of serialism, but is also characterized by neo-classical forms and textures, engaging melodies, dramatic instrumental colouring, rhythmic complexity and frequent references to black folk idioms. Other influences include the music of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Debussy and Ravel. Several of his works have been recorded.
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String Quartet No. 2
Lyric for Strings
I Never Saw a Moor (text by Emily Dickinson)
Response (text by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Mother Goose (text by Irene Sekula)
Take, o take those lips away (text by William Shakespeare)
And Wilt Thou Leave Me Thus (text by Thomas Wyatt)