Promoting Inclusion in Piano Repertoire
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A resource for pianists, pedagogues, and curious music appreciators to explore.
Every two weeks, ASAP is proud to shine the spotlight on different composers that can be found within our database, both living and deceased. Explore these composer's works, learn about who they are as individuals, and discover what makes each composer unique.
Each post will link to the composer's page on our own website, as well as to their own website (if they have one), and a brief write-up that highlights their works for the piano.
Composers are chosen randomly, as every person on our website represents an exciting chance to learn.
George Walker (1922-2018) was an American composer and pianist, who first came to national fame upon winning the Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral works Lilacs in 1996, the first black composer to win the award.
A precocious youth, Walker entered the Oberlin Conservatory at the young of 14, followed soon by studies at both the Curtis Institute and Eastman School of Music, studying with Rudolf Serkin, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Rosario Scalera.
Known primarily for his orchestral compositions, Walker also wrote five stunning sonatas for the piano, in addition to several standalone works, including Spatials and his Prelude and Caprice. His works draw from a diverse range of influences, including everything from serialism to post-modernism to popular music.
He published an autobiography in 2009 entitled Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, both his writing and music are well worth exploring.