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Music Library Thematic Displays: George Walker Collection

This guide showcases resources from the George F. DeVine Music Library centered on specific themes. Selected themes reflect UT School of Music events and programs, as well as cultural celebrations.

George Walker Display Case

DeVine Music Library Display Case featuring the George Walker collection and materials

Book(s) about George Walker in Our Collection

Score(s) by George Walker in Our Collection

George Walker Folksongs for Orchestra Cover Art

Folk songs for Orchestra (1990)

Call Number: M1045 .W15 F6 1992

George Walker Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra Cover Art

Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra (1995)

Call Number: M1614.W32 L5 1996

George Walker String Quartet no. 1 Cover Art

String Quartet No. 1 (1946)

Call Number: M452 .W179 no.1 2008

George Walker Sonata no. 1 for piano cover art

Sonata No. 1 for Piano (1953/rev. 1991)

Call Number: M23 .W24 no.1, 1991

George Walker Music for 3 for piano trio cover art

Music for 3 for Piano Trio (1970/1991)

Call Number:  M312.W179 M8 2008

George Walker Emily Dickinson Songs Cover Art

Emily Dickinson Songs for High Voice and Piano (1986)

Call Number: M1621.W334 E4 1986

Picture of George Walker

Headshot of George Walker


(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. (1)


Jr, G.  (2001). Walker, George. Grove Music Online. Retrieved 27 Aug. 2020, from

NAXOS Recordings for George Walker

George Walker in Recital Album Art

George Walker in Recital

Composers Featured:

  • Domenico Scarlatti
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Franz Schubert
  • Fryderyk Chopin
  • George Walker
  • Johannes Brahms

George Walker Chamber Music and Songs Album Art

American Classics - George Walker Chamber Music and Songs

Pieces Featured:

  • String Quartet No. 2

  • Poem

  • Lyric for Strings

  • 5 Fancies

  • Modus

  • 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)

George Walker Great American Orchestral Music Album Art

George Walker - Great American Orchestral Music Volume 2

Pieces Featured:

  • Violin Concerto
  • Sinfonia No. 2
  • Foils (Homage a Saint George)
  • Pageant and Proclamation

George Walker Album Art

Albany - George Walker

Pieces Featured:

  • Piano Sonata No. 2
  • Cello Sonata
  • Introduction to Poem
  • Poem for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
  • Violin Sonata No. 1
  • Music for Brass, Sacred and Profane


(1) Walker, George. Grove Music Online. Retrieved 27 Aug. 2020, from