George Walker



    Canvas (2000), commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association, was completed in September of 2000. the piece is dedicated to Mr. Walker's parents. Its three movements, called "Extracts, " offer the possibility of each being performed separately.  The first Extract, subtitled "Landscape," is a purely instrumental movement that is arch-like in its formal construction.  The second Extract, "Commentary," introduces a conversational element that ranges from the philosophical, through points of whimsy, to a declaration of social awareness from the five speaking voices employed.  The text, is Walker's.  It concludes with a quote from a popular standard.  The third Extract, "Psalm, 121," utilizes a chorus with two brief tenor solos in a setting of the King James Version of this text.