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In 1996, George Walker became the first black American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. This accolade, awarded for his composition "Lilacs," was just one of many Walker has received: Walker has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and has received six honorary doctoral degrees. Considered one of the most important American composers of the last century, Walker has produced works that rank among the finest in contemporary classical music. In Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, Walker recounts the most significant events in his life and distinguished career as a composer and a musician. Beginning with his childhood in Washington, D.C., Walker reflects on pivotal moments that shaped his development as an artist. He recalls his early childhood, his professional debut as a concert pianist, his studies in Europe, and his connections with some of the world's most famous musicians. Along the way he includes analyses of some of his most important works.



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George Walker Reminiscences 23 juin 2010
Par Joe Derhake - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Quoted review by Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare Magazine June 2010

"As a young black man growing up in Washington, D.C., George Walker was unfortunately familiar with racial prejudice and its attendant humiliations. And despite leading a distinguished musical life--he's won the Pulitzer Prize, been awarded honorary degrees, served as the head of the music department at Rutgers University, given highly acclaimed concerts as a pianist, and written the most often-performed work by a living American composer (Lyric for Strings)--he's convinced that his career and that of other black classical musicians has been blighted by the same irrational forces. Although such experiences surely have left a bitter residue, Walker's autobiographical recollections are balanced and even-handed; he recounts both triumphs and disappointments in straightforward,almost bare-boned prose that allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. That
doesn't mean that he pulls his punches: He doesn't hesitate to bluntly criticize the limitations, as he sees them, of performers, composers, or other influential members of the classical music establishment. He's equally forthcoming with appreciative and affecting reminiscences of those who've helped and encouraged him. Writing of his early life, he compellingly portrays the strong, quiet dignity
of his parents and grandmother, qualities he's obviously imbibed and assimilated as integral parts of his own personality. Short but revealing portraits of famous musicians add a colorful touch. Overall, Walker's autobiography should be of interest to anyone curious about the life and works of a distinguished American composer."
Interesting read.... 7 juillet 2012
Par DystopianFantasy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
When I was in undergrad I took a classical music course. The class outlined composers over time, but never any modern composers. I was listening to NPR and soon learned about George Walker and his son. The story was great and can be found here: [...]

I had to write a paper at the end of the semester on any composer of my choice. I found this book and used it as a source. The writing is dry in parts but you learn a lot about Mr. Walker. His life is worthy of review.
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