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George Walker

George Walker


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 19:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MMB Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Movements

1. Extract 1: Landscape, "The View Below" - 6:55
2. Extract 2: Commentary, "Voices in the corridor" – 5:10
3. Extract 3: Psalm, "The Horizon and Beyond" – 7:20


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Celeste
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Roto-toms
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, glass
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Canvas, which is dedicated to Walker's parents, is comprised of three substantial movements that can be performed together or separately. Extract 1, Landscape ("The View Below") is composed for winds alone. Extract II, Commentary ("Voices in the Corridor") utilizes five narrators in addition to winds. Extract III, Psalm 121 ("The Horizon and Beyond") is composed for SATB choir and winds.

Canvas is an extremely challenging work due to the nature of Walker's complex pointillistic scoring and rhythmic sophistication, the coordination of the narrators, and the difficult of the divided choral parts. Walker considers Canvas considerably more complicated than Lilacs, for which he won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He states, "I have expended an enormous amount of time and thought on it, more than any work in years."

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


Commercial Discography



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 755-763.
  • Nelson, Ryan. " Octatonic Pitch Structure and Motivic Organization in George Walker's Canvas For Wind Ensemble, Voices And Chorus." DMA Dissertation, University of North Texas, 2003.
  • Walker, G. (2000). Canvas : wind ensemble, voices, and chorus (2000 rev. 2001) [score]. MMB Music: St. Louis, Mo.