Com­ing up in Philly Music: Dolce Suono’s inter­ac­tive music play­er hon­ors George Walker

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George Walker was a celebrated composer with deep Philly roots. (Photo retrieved via Wikimedia Commons.)
George Walker was a celebrated composer with deep Philly roots. (Photo retrieved via Wikimedia Commons.)

Mimi Stillman keeps inventing innovative approaches to the disruptions created by Covid-19. The latest is Fall for Chamber Music, an interactive online game that lets you play with music performed by five members of Stillman’s Dolce Suono Ensemble.

Gaming the music

Fall for Chamber Music is built around a short excerpt from Wind Set for Woodwind Quintet by the American composer George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. You can mix and match any combination of the five instruments. How does Walker’s music sound as a solo for the flute? Or bassoon? As a trio with a combination of an oboe, a clarinet, and a horn?

The interactive player is an excellent opportunity to learn about the art of orchestration and the judgments composers make when they assign different roles to different instruments.

What, When, Where, and Accessibility

You can play Dolce Suono’s Fall for Chamber Music interactive music game online. The game is free to play.

Image Description: A portrait of composer George Walker, a Black man. He's wearing a traditional suit and tie with glasses.

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