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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.
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.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes". http://www.pulitzer.org/biography/1996-Music. 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". http://www.blackpast.org/aah/walker-george-theophilus-1922. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Siberz, Heidi. "George Theophilus Walker: February's Contemporary Composer". Indiana Public Media. http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/george-theophilus-walker-februarys-contemporary-composer. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "American Academy of Arts and Letters – Current Members". Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160624004136/http://www.artsandletters.org/academicians2_current.php. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "George Walker: Prominent Composer & Washingtonian Grew Up on Sherman Avenue". Park View, D.C.. December 24, 2012. http://parkviewdc.com/2012/12/24/george-walker-prominent-composer-washingtonian-grew-up-on-sherman-avenue. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- George Walker. "Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist, By George Walker, 9780810869400 | Rowman & Littlefield". https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810869400. 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
- George Walker official website
- A 2017 Conversation with George Walker (includes video excerpts)
- 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