George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” was originally titled “Lament” at its premiere in 1946. It is dedicated to the memory of his grandmother, Malvina King, who had related stories to him about her experience as a slave.
From A Far Cry’s performance of “American Noir” on Nov 1, 2019. A Far Cry performs a set of pieces by American composers that commemorate both private and public death. The four pieces in this set were written between 1935 and 1960 by people whose lives were threatened by racism, bigotry, and persecution.
To hear this piece within the context of the complete set, here is the playlist entitled "Four American Laments" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkraoq7XNmSnpIzFbHlHmCbzY2CCOKqWC