Works for Solo Piano • Music by African-American Women Series
This edition by Chicago composer Irene Britton Smith (1907-1999) features the finely crafted and melodic Two Preludes for Piano, Variations on a Theme by MacDowell, and Passacaglia in C-sharp minor.
VIV 6502, 32 pages, $18.95
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A Brief Bio of the Editor
Helen Walker-Hill is the editor of the Music by African American Women Series by Vivace Press. Formerly on the piano faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder, she has also served as a visiting professor of music at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania as well as at the University of Wyoming. She has performed and lectured on twentieth-century music, African-American composers, and women composers. She holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Smith College, and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where she also studied as a Fulbright scholar with Nadia Boulanger.
Since 1987, Dr. Walker-Hill has been engaged in research and performance of music by black women and her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Horizons programs. She and her son, violinist Gregory Walker, have recorded the music of fourteen African-American women on Kaleidoscope, Music by African-American Women, a CD produced by Leonarda Records.
Her articles have appeared in Black Music Research Journal, American Music Research Center Journal, Women of Note Quarterly, and American Music Teacher, and her book, Piano Music by Black Women Composers: A Catalogue of Solo and Ensemble Music, is published by Greenwood Press. She has compiled an anthology of piano music by black women published by the Hildegard Publishing Company, and a monograph, Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available Scores, published by the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago. She is the recipient of a Resident Fellowship from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York (1995-96) and a Rockefeller Resident Fellowship from the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago (1997-98).
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