Music of George Walker
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR719     Release Date: 1996-01-01
George Walker, piano; Gregory Walker, violin; Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano

In a long and varied career, George Walker has achieved wide recognition as an American composer and pianist. He has also been a path breaking leader for blacks in classical music. This began when he started concertizing in his early teens and culminated in 1996 when he became the first black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

George Walker was born in Washington, D.C. in 1922. He began the study of piano at age five. He gave his first public recital at Howard University when he was 14 and was admitted to Oberlin College on a four year scholarship. Upon graduating from Oberlin at age 18 with the highest honors in his class, with a major in piano and a minor in organ, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. He studied piano with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, composition with Rosario Scalero, teacher of Samuel Barber and Gian-Carlo Menotti, chamber music with William Primrose and Gregor Piatigorsky.

He has published over 75 works that include two overtures, two Sinfonias for Orchestra, concertos for Trombone and Orchestra and Piano and Orchestra, two works for Cello and Orchestra, a violin concerto entitled, Poème, two string quartets, two sonatas for violin and piano, four piano sonatas, sonatas for cello and piano and viola and piano, a brass quintet, works for clarinet and piano, a Mass for four soloists, chorus and orchestra, a Cantata for Boys Choir and Orchestra, numerous songs and choral works, organ pieces, works for chamber orchestra (Serenata and Orpheus), a piano trio, the famous Lyric for Strings and the Address for Orchestra.


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Music of George Walker

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Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Adagio non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Presto
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Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Adagio
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Piano Sonata No. 2: IV. Allegretto tranquillo
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Spatials: Variations for Piano
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Spektra
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Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
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Prelude
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Caprice
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Response
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So We'll Go No More A-Roving
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Hey Nonny No
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Sweet Let Me Go
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Bereaved Maid
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I Went to Heaven
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Red, Red Rose
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What If I Say I Shall Not Wait
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I Have No Life But This
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Bequest
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With Rue My Heart Is Laden
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Variations for Piano
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