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Don Walker (b.1951): The Thoughtfulness of Thirst - Emily Dickinson Songs / Ann Moss, soprano; Karen Rosenak, piano

Album Summary

>Walker, Don : This Whole Experiment of Green, for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : Poems (4) of Emily Dickinson, for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : Arias from "Past the Hedge," for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : The Thoughtfulness of Thirst, for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : Songs (4) of Emily Dickinson, for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : God & Emily, for voice & piano
>Walker, Don : A Fact Withheld the Little Child, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1941, composer Don Walker attended Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his PhD and was the recipient of the Ladd Prix de Paris in Musical Composition in 1966-1968. He also received degrees in library science and history. Walker taught at Sonoma State University as well as at the University of South Florida, and Oregon State; was a church organist; and worked as archivist at the University of the Pacific where he was project archivist for the beginnings of the Dave Brubeck Collection. Walker has written symphonies, operas, chamber music, solo instrumental music and vocal works. He has always loved and had an affinity for Emily Dickinson's poetry, valuing its fresh insights, unique imagery, and depth of feeling. Walker has created a number of cycles of songs using her poetry, most of them focused on nature, love, religion, and death and this recording features these songs. Soprano Ann Moss is a graduate of the Longy School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. A champion of contemporary vocal music, she has commissioned and premiered more than 80 art songs, vocal chamber music, and operatic roles. She is joined on this recording by pianist Karen Rosenak, a long-time member of the Empyrean Ensemble and a founding member of Earplay, a San Francisco-based new music ensemble.



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>Walker, Don : This Whole Experiment of Green, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Walker, Don : Poems (4) of Emily Dickinson, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Walker, Don : Arias from "Past the Hedge," for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Walker, Don : The Thoughtfulness of Thirst, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Walker, Don : Songs (4) of Emily Dickinson, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Walker, Don : God & Emily, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Walker, Don : A Fact Withheld the Little Child, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ann Moss; Karen Rosenak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012