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Gwyneth Walker

Born: 1947. Living in: United States

Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composer Gwyneth Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical community of Randolph, Vermont.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Gwyneth Walker : Our Dream of Feedom : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Gwyneth Walker : Our Dream of Feedom

Our Dream of Freedom is a set of four songs presenting four different statements about the dream of freedom.

Songlist: Our Dream of Freedom: 1. Freedom Will Not Come Today & 2. Hold Fast to Dreams, Our Dream of Freedom: 3. The Dream Keeper, Our Dream of Freedom: 4. Dream of Freedom

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Voicing: SATB | 2036b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.45 | With Piano


Gwyneth Walker : Collected Songs : Solo : Songbook : 600313466427 : 6642

Gwyneth Walker : Collected Songs

A collection of nine songs set for Medium-Low voice. The dates of composition range from 1978 to 2003.

Songlist: My Love Walks in Velvet, White Horses, Maggie and Milly and Molly and Ma, As A Branch in May, Mornings Innocent, I Will Be Earth, Psalm 23, Crossing the Bar, The Sunrise Ruby

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Voicing: Solo | 10958b | Songbook | $19.95


Gwyneth Walker : Sing Evermore! Songs in Celebration of Singing : SATB : Songbook : 600313485428 : 8542

Gwyneth Walker : Sing Evermore! Songs in Celebration of Singing

These are separate songs, which can be performed individually, yet are ordered for a cohesive flow. The texts span many centuries (1598-1919) and all celebrate music, specifically the joys of singing. Performance options include flute and string quartet, or flute and string orchestra, or piano only, perhaps adding flute where written. Duration 30:00

Songlist: Merlin's Song, In Praise of Music and Poetry, The Lost Chord, Refuge, The Caged Bird Sings, The Gift to Sing, I Hear America Singing, Sky-Born Music, Everyone Sang

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Voicing: SATB | 10969b | Songbook | $9.95


Gwyneth Walker : Songs from the High Sierra : Solo : Songbook : 600313483189 : 8318

Gwyneth Walker : Songs from the High Sierra

The five letters which provide the lyrics for the songs (adapted by the composer) were selected for their range of topics and sentiments. Some portray the wildlife in the mountains ("Glacier Birds..."). Others extol the beauty of the Sierra ("Mountain Glory," "Yosemite Falls"). One expresses the whimsical/temperamental personality of the author ("Ice!"). And the final letter ("Sequoia") speaks reverently of the great trees, in a language both naturalistic and sacred. They are the "greatest light in the woods, the greatest light in the world."

The musical settings, especially in the piano accompaniment, are quite programmatic. Glacier birds scamper up and down the keyboard in tone clusters. "Icy" glissandi float off. The great trees take root in large, block chords, and waterfalls cascade down in scales.

There is personality in the letters. The bond between John Muir and Mrs. Carr (whom he addresses formally) is one of great kinship- a blending of the souls, a "spiritual romance." As he marvels at the beauty of the wilderness, he writes ardently, "I wish that you could see this..." When he learns that Mrs. Carr, a botanist (whose plants suffer from the frost), dislikes ice, he chides her, and creates a "mock argument" over the value of glacial ice.

The songs begin with an ascent into the mountains. They close with the return to the coast, to the magnificent Sequoia trees, where John Muir camps for the night, in the company of a squirrel. Charmingly, he writes "therefore, my Carr, goodnight."
Duration: 15'15"

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Voicing: Solo | 10976b | Songbook | $12.95


Gwyneth Walker : Musical Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson : Solo : Songbook : 600313483172 : 8317

Gwyneth Walker : Musical Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson

The poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is especially appealing due to the wide range of topics, diversity of mood and peculiar imagination of the poet. The writings are reflective, passionate, witty, sensuous, observant and ridiculously humorous. Her heart soars. Her mind pokes fun! Emily was truly a New Englander. Her poems are understated and compact. Her love of Nature focuses on small things- birds, bees, meadows and a pond.

In creating the musical settings, the composer (herself a New Englander) endeavored to capture the spirit of the poetry, and of the poet, with songs diverse in style, and concise in form. Everything from romance to frogs is explored, briefly.

Great delight is taken in creating musical translations of the colorful imagery: the letters floating off on the breeze ("My Letter to the World"); the shimmering moonlight ("The Moon and the Sea"); a frog croaking in a bog ("The Frog in the Bog"); hopeful birds hopping about ("Hope" with Feathers"); the boat of passion riding the waves and then settling into its mooring ("Passion"); the ship's cannon firing in celebration ("Joy"); and the tiniest, lightest gifts of Nature ("All I Have to Bring").

These are the poet's Letters to the World. She lived as a recluse, yet her words took flight-traveling the universe as messengers of the soul.
Duration: 14'00"

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Voicing: Solo | 10978b | Songbook | $11.95


Gwyneth Walker : Musical Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson : Solo : Songbook : 600313484605 : 8460

Gwyneth Walker : Musical Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson

The poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is especially appealing due to the wide range of topics, diversity of mood and peculiar imagination of the poet. The writings are reflective, passionate, witty, sensuous, observant, and ridiculously humorous. Her heart soars. Her mind pokes fun! Emily was truly a New Englander. Her poems are understated and compact. Her love of Nature focuses on small things- birds, bees, meadows and a pond.

In creating the musical settings, the composer (herself a New Englander) endeavored to capture the spirit of the poetry, and of the poet, with songs diverse in style, and concise in form. Everything from romance to frogs is explored, briefly.

Great delight is taken in creating musical translations of the colorful imagery: the letters floating off on the breeze ("My Letter to the World"); the shimmering moonlight ("The Moon and the Sea"); a frog croaking in a bog ("The Frog in the Bog"); hopeful birds hopping about ("Hope" with Feathers"); the boat of passion riding the waves and then settling into its mooring ("Passion"); the ship's cannon firing in celebration ("Joy"); and the tiniest, lightest gifts of Nature ("All I Have to Bring").

These are the poet's Letters to the World. She lived as a recluse, yet her words took flight-traveling the universe as messengers of the soul. Duration: 14:00

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Voicing: Solo | 10979b | Songbook | $11.95


Gwyneth Walker : Prairie Songs : Solo : Songbook : 600313489945 : 8994

Gwyneth Walker : Prairie Songs

A collection of songs based upon the writings of Will Cather and Carl Sandburg. Originally conceived as a set, but pieces may also used individually. The Sandberg texts which connect the Cather poems are all excerpted from the poem "Prairie." The music and the Sandburg writing is personal, narrative and expressive and contrasts with Cather's style of descriptive imagery.

Songlist: Prairie, Going Home, Prairie, Prairie Dawn, Prairie, Prairie Spring

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Voicing: Solo | 10988b | Songbook | $13.95


Gwyneth Walker : Rejoice! : SATB : Songbook : 600313460678 : 6067

Gwyneth Walker : Rejoice!

New musical settings of three traditional Christmas carols or poems: "What Child Is This?;" "Love Came Down at Christmas;" and "Good Christian Friends Rejoice!" The intent is to explore the dramatic character of each song.

Songlist: What Child Is This?, Love Came Down at Christmas, Good Christian Friends Rejoice!"

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Voicing: SATB | 11190b | Songbook | $6.85


Individual Folios

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A Bridge of Peace : SATB divisi : Gwyneth Walker : Songbook : 8601

Gwyneth Walker : A Bridge of Peace

This is a song of hope--of building a bridge of peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Their trees (Jaffa Orange in Israel, Olive on Arab lands) reach out their branches as hands across the sky. The musical setting presents the opening verses in dialogue between women's and men's voices. A combative middle section introduces words such as oppressor and jailor. Reference is made to poisoned gases and scud missiles. And then the music heals. There is a shift to the major tonality. The voices soar with the phrases "let us build a strong bridge of jasmine understanding, where each shall sit with her child, and none shall make them afraid." Duration: 4:00

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A Prayer of Compassion : SATB divisi : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8730

Gwyneth Walker : A Prayer of Compassion

This is a prayerful, homophonic setting of texts from three sources: Psalms 4:8, Psalms 5:8, and the final line from John Greenleaf Whittier's "Divine Compassion." Set for SATB chorus (divisi) unaccompanied, the music is approachable and sensitive. Moments of reflection give way to moments of grandness, "Only by your Grace, not by my merit, no praise be mine." The piece ends quietly, "Let me keep a heart that still can feel, and eyes that still can weep." In today's world, a prayer for us to remain sensitive to suffering is never out of place. Duration: 1:45

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A Sacred Place: 1. Welcome to the House of the Lord : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7460

Gwyneth Walker : A Sacred Place: 1. Welcome to the House of the Lord

Welcome to the House of the Lord starts with the outer elements, coming into the church. Welcome light, welcome beauty, welcome wonder. The focus then turns inward, to the personal gifts of healing and comfort. And, as we welcome the many aspects of faith, we realize that, one blessing at a time, we are welcoming God!

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
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| 7460


A Sacred Place: 2. In This Still Room : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7461

Gwyneth Walker : A Sacred Place: 2. In This Still Room

In This Still Room is a musical setting of the poem by Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). Although these lyrics are inspired by the Quaker Meetinghouse, the "still room" may also refer to the moments of silent prayer and meditation within any worship service. "I find it well to come for deeper rest to this still room."

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| 7461


A Sacred Place: 3. Alleluia! Amen! : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7462

Gwyneth Walker : A Sacred Place: 3. Alleluia! Amen!

To celebrate a place, a spirit, and a faith, one sings "Alleluia! Amen!"

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.40 |
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| 7462


A Song of the Future : SSAA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 1.3495

Gwyneth Walker : A Song of the Future

Based on a poem by Sidney Lanier (1842-1881,) this journey into the future parallels Noah's journey on the Ark. The music opens with lines which flow like waves. The oboe has an octave motif which signifies reaching out in search across the waters. A quiet middle section expresses the dove being released on a quest for new land. The closing lines create beautiful imagery, "Thou art only a tiny and quiet dove, but thine eye is faith, and thy wing is love." A lyrical, expansive setting for SSAA chorus, oboe, and piano. Duration: 3:15

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.60 | With Piano |
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| 1.3495


All the Beauty of the Lord : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7143

Gwyneth Walker : All the Beauty of the Lord

Words adapted from the hymn There's a Wideness in God' Mercy by Frederick W. Faber. Duration 2:15

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
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| 7143


Alpha and Omega: 1. The Father's Love : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7721

Gwyneth Walker : Alpha and Omega: 1. The Father's Love

Based on the plainsong hymn "Of the Father's Love Begotten."

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American Ballads: 1. Lonesome Traveler : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4930

Gwyneth Walker : American Ballads: 1. Lonesome Traveler

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American Ballads: 2. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies : SSATBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4931

Gwyneth Walker : American Ballads: 2. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies

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American Ballads: 5. Shenandoah : SSAATTBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4934

Gwyneth Walker : American Ballads: 5. Shenandoah

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And Death Shall Have No Dominion : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7710

Gwyneth Walker : And Death Shall Have No Dominion

"This musical setting of the well-known Dylan Thomas poem focuses on the strength and certainty of the message- though death may claim the mortal life, the spirit of humanity endures. Thus, the piano introduction and the first entrance by the chorus are marked 'grandly and triumphantly.' The musical language is often loud and forceful. Harmonies are bold- either spare (open fourths and fifths) or blunt (added seconds). The softening sonorities of thirds are rarely heard, especially in the opening verse. However, richer and gentler chords are chosen to express the life-affirming sentences:

The poetic text primarily portrays the darkness and decay of death. And yet, with these few gloriously transcendent lines, the enduring spirit is celebrated. Thus, the final 'no dominion' is victorious." -Gwyneth Walker

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And Joyful Be : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5136

Gwyneth Walker : And Joyful Be

Cello part included.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.40 | With Piano |
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Angels Singing : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8796

Gwyneth Walker : Angels Singing

Angels Singing," is based on the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High." This new arrangement opens with shepherds (Tenor and Baritone soli) hearing angel voices, "o'er the mountains, guided by a Holy light." A few angels (women's voices) sing in the distance. The carol now shifts to full chorus. Often, the men portray the shepherds, and the women sing as angels. The Clarinet plays a featured role,  enhancing the message of the lyrics. Duration: 4:30

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Angels Singing : TTBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8799

Gwyneth Walker : Angels Singing

Angels Singing," is based on the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High." This new arrangement opens with shepherds (Tenor and Baritone soli) hearing angel voices, "o'er the mountains, guided by a Holy light." A few angels (Tenor voices) sing in the distance. The carol now shifts to full chorus. Often, the Basses portray the shepherds, and the Tenors sing as angels. The Clarinet plays a featured role, enhancing the message of the lyrics. Duration: 4:30

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Appalachian Carols: 1. Wondrous Love : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5666

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 1. Wondrous Love

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Appalachian Carols: 1. Wondrous Love : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7484

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 1. Wondrous Love

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Appalachian Carols: 2. Cherry Tree Carol : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5667

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 2. Cherry Tree Carol

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Appalachian Carols: 2. The Cherry Tree Carol : SSAA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7485

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 2. The Cherry Tree Carol

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Appalachian Carols: 3. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5668

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 3. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

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Appalachian Carols: 3. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head : SSAA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7486

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 3. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

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Appalachian Carols: 4. Go Tell It on the Mountain : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5669

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 4. Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Appalachian Carols: 4. Go Tell It on the Mountain : SSAA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7487

Gwyneth Walker : Appalachian Carols: 4. Go Tell It on the Mountain

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As a Branch in May : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4888

Gwyneth Walker : As a Branch in May

This choral arrangement of a vocal work is a love song with alternating women's and men's voices that culminates in a rich 4-part harmony with the text"...ours together as our lives entwine." It may be sung at any time and is well-suited to weddings.

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Be Thou My Vision from Three Folk Hymns : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8257

Gwyneth Walker : Be Thou My Vision from Three Folk Hymns

Be Thou My Vision has a dimension of an entreaty to the Lord, as if asking for the Lord's presence to be there at all times. Thus, the phrase "Be Thou" repeats as a background during the singing. Even the opening piano introduction speaks the two-note pattern which will fill the entire song. The men's and women's voices are paired in dialogue throughout much of the music. Duration: 4:00

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
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| 8257


Bethesda Evensong: Magnificat : SSAA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4477

Gwyneth Walker : Bethesda Evensong: Magnificat

Gentle, flowing beginning leads to a rhythmic conclusion rarely heard by most congregations. This movement requires a little more rehearsal time than the others from this set, but it is well worth the effort.

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Bethesda Evensong: O Gracious Light : SSA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4476

Gwyneth Walker : Bethesda Evensong: O Gracious Light

Single diatonic melody with optional harmony (divisi in last 6 measures only). Perfect for children or the choir with limited rehearsal time. This piece would be a fine addition to any evening service.

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Bethesda Evensong: The Lord's Prayer : SSA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4479

Gwyneth Walker : Bethesda Evensong: The Lord's Prayer

Extracted from"Bethesda Evensong," this is a lyrical setting of the traditioinal text along with an excerpt from the"Prayer of St. Francis." Starts out in unison expanding to two parts half-way through, and becomes three-part at the very end. Moderate difficulty.

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Blessings from the Children: 1. The Blessing of Light : SA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7761

Gwyneth Walker : Blessings from the Children: 1. The Blessing of Light

The texts for Blessings from the Children are found in the collection In Every Tiny Grain of Sand - A Child's Book of Prayer and Praise by Reeve Lindbergh. For the first song, The Blessing of Light, the lyrics are taken from a traditional Scottish blessing and adapted by the composer. The second and third songs use familiar sacred texts as adapted by Reeve Lindbergh. c. 4:00

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $2.80 |
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Blessings from the Children: 3. On Morning Wings : SA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7763

Gwyneth Walker : Blessings from the Children: 3. On Morning Wings

The texts for Blessings from the Children are found in the collection In Every Tiny Grain of Sand - A Child's Book of Prayer and Praise by Reeve Lindbergh. For the first song, The Blessing of Light, the lyrics are taken from a traditional Scottish blessing and adapted by the composer. The second and third songs use familiar sacred texts as adapted by Reeve Lindbergh. c. 4:00

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
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| 7763


Bones, Be Good! : SSA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 6561

Gwyneth Walker : Bones, Be Good!

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Born in Bethlehem : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8794

Gwyneth Walker : Born in Bethlehem

"Born in Bethlehem" is a numbers song, similar to "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Each group traveling to the Nativity, or associated with Jesus, is presented in ascending numerical order, from one to twelve. ("One for the little bitty Baby...Twelve for the Twelve Apostles") Once the complete set has been introduced, the numbers are performed in reverse order, in a frantic race (prestissimo) from twelve to one. This is an energetic song! The Clarinet plays a featured role, enhancing the message of the lyrics. For example, the phrase "Children, go where I send thee" is matched by the Clarinet scampering up a scale as children setting forth on a trip. And the next line, "How shall I send thee?" has the Clarinet/children coming back down the scale, returning home. Duration: 4:15

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Born in Bethlehem : TTBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8797

Gwyneth Walker : Born in Bethlehem

"Born in Bethlehem" is a numbers song, similar to "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Each group traveling to the Nativity, or associated with Jesus, is presented in ascending numerical order, from one to twelve. ("One for the little bitty Baby...Twelve for the Twelve Apostles") Once the complete set has been introduced, the numbers are performed in reverse order, in a frantic race (prestissimo) from twelve to one. This is an energetic song! The Clarinet plays a featured role, enhancing the message of the lyrics. For example, the phrase "Children, go where I send thee" is matched by the Clarinet scampering up a scale as children setting forth on a trip. And the next line, "How shall I send thee?" has the Clarinet/children coming back down the scale, returning home. Duration: 4:15

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Carol of the Brown King : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7433

Gwyneth Walker : Carol of the Brown King

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Carol of the Brown King : TBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7435

Gwyneth Walker : Carol of the Brown King

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Come Life, Shaker Life! 5. Watch Ye, Watch Ye : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7588

Gwyneth Walker : Come Life, Shaker Life! 5. Watch Ye, Watch Ye

Traditional Shaker words

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Come Life, Shaker Life! 6. Hop Up and Jump Up : 2-Part : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7589

Gwyneth Walker : Come Life, Shaker Life! 6. Hop Up and Jump Up

Written for children and women. At the end, there is a 4-part round (two parts for the children answered by two parts for the women).

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Come Life, Shaker Life! 7. Come to Zion : 2-Part : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7590

Gwyneth Walker : Come Life, Shaker Life! 7. Come to Zion

Traditional Shaker words

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Dazzling as the Sun : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 6513

Gwyneth Walker : Dazzling as the Sun

Choir anthem celebrating the Transfiguration of Christ and our hope of glory.

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Descent: "Sequoia" from "Touching the Infinite Sky" : TTBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8517

Gwyneth Walker : Descent: "Sequoia" from "Touching the Infinite Sky"

Touching the Infinite Sky is a choral adaptation (for Men's Chorus with Tenor Soloist) of the composer's solo song cycle, Songs from the High Sierra, for High Voice and Piano. The original songs were completed in 2014. The new work was commissioned by Louisiana State University for the Tiger Glee Club, which premiered the music on October 3, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The new choral adaptation employs the additional voices as an expansive background to the soloist. As the chorus joins in the accompaniment sonorities, a sense of space and depth is created, well-suited to songs about the wilderness. The chorus also shares melodic material with the soloist, in dialogue or in unison.

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
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| 8517


Eternal Brightness: 2. Lord Jesus, Think On Me : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7622

Gwyneth Walker : Eternal Brightness: 2. Lord Jesus, Think On Me

Eternal Brightness is a set of three choral works which revisit 'old favorites' in the hymn repertoire... Sweet Accord presents the Isaac Watts text in a rousing Colonial New England style of angular melody and four-square rhythm. The second movement employs both the familiar words and melody (Southwell). The setting is a cappella in the spirit of gentle and reflective expression. The Beauty of the Earth is celebratory.Hymn tune SOUTHWELL
Duration 3:45

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
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| 7622


Eternal Brightness: 3. The Beauty of the Earth : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7623

Gwyneth Walker : Eternal Brightness: 3. The Beauty of the Earth

Eternal Brightness is a set of three choral works which revisit 'old favorites' in the hymn repertoire... Sweet Accord presents the Isaac Watts text in a rousing Colonial New England style of angular melody and four-square rhythm. The second movement employs both the familiar words and melody (Southwell). The setting is a cappella in the spirit of gentle and reflective expression. The Beauty of the Earth is celebratory. Duration 4:00

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.80 |
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| 7623


Every Life Shall Be a Song : TTBB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8600

Gwyneth Walker : Every Life Shall Be a Song

A celebration of life, unity, and music, this is a setting of a poem by the 19th-century British author John Addington Symonds (1840-1893). The text speaks of the future with hope: "A loftier race then e'er the world has known shall rise." The healing and transforming power of music is essential to this hope. "When every life shall be a song, then all the earth is a paradise." Throughout, the message is triumphant: "These things shall be! " The musical expression alternates between added-tone chords (representing building for the future) and melodic phrases for the more tender passages of the poem: "we will be gentle, brave, and strong "). Commissioned and premiered by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus. Duration: 3:30

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
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| 8600


Every Night (When the Sun Goes Down) : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5135

Gwyneth Walker : Every Night (When the Sun Goes Down)

Focuses on the transcendence of faith over sorrow and of peace over suffering and pain.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.40 |
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| 5135


For Ever and Ever (The Lord's Prayer) : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 4316

Gwyneth Walker : For Ever and Ever (The Lord's Prayer)

Beginning with a soprano solo of the familiar text, this work quickly turns to a unique and effective use of repetition, both musically and vocally. It"ends" in a series of continuous"for ever"s that suggest eternity.

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Freight Train : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7955

Gwyneth Walker : Freight Train

"Freight Train" combines the speed of the train with nostalgic remembrance of places traveled. "There's one more place I'd like to see...to watch those Blue Ridge Mountains climb while I ride Old Number Nine." The rider, perhaps a drifter, feels the most at home when riding the train. For his final resting place, he wishes to be buried where he can hear the train rumbling by. The accompaniment (the train) is particularly lively and mobile in this song. Duration: 3:00

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From Dusk to Dawn : SSA : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8157

Gwyneth Walker : From Dusk to Dawn

From Dusk to Dawn tells the story of the Liberian women protesting the civil war which engulfed their country until 2003. The musical language for this choral setting is rhythmic, energetic and powerful. The voices sing, "Gather, gather," in repeated 8th notes, as the calls for protest gain in strength. Tremolo chords in the accompaniment bring increased energy. The final section is emphatic, with accented chords in the voices and piano to express "Mighty women!"

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.60 | With Piano |
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| 8157


Give Over Thine Own Willing : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 5252

Gwyneth Walker : Give Over Thine Own Willing

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God's World : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 8037

Gwyneth Walker : God's World

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Going Home on the Morning Train : SATB : Gwyneth Walker : Sheet Music : 7954

Gwyneth Walker : Going Home on the Morning Train

A train whistle (high notes in piano or piccolo) is heard in the distance. Then, the train draws closer as the music grows in dynamics and tempo. By the time that the chorus enters, the music is filled with energy. This is a celebratory song of going home "to the Promised Land ... (where) all my sins been taken away!" Duration: 4:10

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