George Walker Essentials

George Walker Essentials

About this playlist

George Walker was a trailblazing composer of the 20th century, who consistently broke new ground for black musicians in the classical world. He began his career as a concert pianist, and was the first black instrumentalist to perform at several high-profile US venues, and as his compositions gained more attention he also became the first living black composer to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. Despite these milestones though, Walker firmly rejected the idea that his race should define his music, proclaiming “I believe that music is above race.”

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Curated by

James Fleury

Artist & Label Relations

About this playlist

George Walker was a trailblazing composer of the 20th century, who consistently broke new ground for black musicians in the classical world. He began his career as a concert pianist, and was the first black instrumentalist to perform at several high-profile US venues, and as his compositions gained more attention he also became the first living black composer to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. Despite these milestones though, Walker firmly rejected the idea that his race should define his music, proclaiming “I believe that music is above race.”

Curated by

James Fleury

Artist & Label Relations

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