George Walker (composer)
Walker, holding the score, in 1968
George Theophilus Walker
June 27, 1922
|Died||August 23, 2018 (aged 96)|
Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Oberlin College|
|Occupation||Composer, educator, autobiographer|
|Years active||1940s – 2012|
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize for Music (1996)|
George Theophilus Walker (June 27, 1922 – August 23, 2018) was an African-American composer, educator and autobiographer. He was the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He received the Pulitzer for his work Lilacs in 1996.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
In 1946, Walker composed his String Quartet no. 1. A string orchestra arrangement of the second movement of that work received its world premiere in a radio broadcast that was conducted by pianist Seymour Lipkin.
His autobiography, "Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist", was released in 2009 by Scarecrow Press.
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "The Pulitzer Prizes". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- De Lerma, Dominique-Rene. "African Heritage Symphonic Series". Liner note essay. Cedille Records CDR061.
- Walker, George (2009) Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, Scarecrow Press, p. 153
- "Walker, George Theophilus (1922- ) – The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Siberz, Heidi. "George Theophilus Walker: February's Contemporary Composer". Indiana Public Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "American Academy of Arts and Letters – Current Members". Artsandletters.org. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "George Walker: Prominent Composer & Washingtonian Grew Up on Sherman Avenue". Park View, D.C. December 24, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- George Walker. "Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, By George Walker, 9780810869400 | Rowman & Littlefield". Rowman.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Walker, George (2009) Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, Scarecrow Press, p. 156
- George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96
Other websites[change | change source]
- George Walker official website
- A 2017 Conversation with George Walker (includes video excerpts) Archived 2017-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
- George Walker interview by Bruce Duffie
- 2012 George Walker interview by Ethan Iverson
- George Theophilus Walker, African American Composer & Pianist at AfriClassical.com
- George Walker, Composer Documentary produced by NJTV