A Performer’s Guide to the Songs of GwynethWalker

by Field-Bartholomew, Tana Rene

Abstract (Summary)
The prolific American composer, Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947), is well known for the quality of her choral music. Largely overshadowed by success in the choral realm, Walker’s wealth of solo vocal music is virtually unknown and has been largely neglected by performers. Within her output, Walker has composed many art songs worthy of study and performance. Walker’s songs have a distinctive voice that has been influenced by many different musical genres, and her songs are accessible to performers and audiences alike. Despite the quality of the songs, very little has been written about the solo vocal works of Gwyneth Walker, and no strong discussion of the repertory exists to date. This document is a study of four representative song cycles for solo voice: though love be a day, Mornings Innocent, No Ordinary Woman!, and The Sun is Love. .The first chapter of this document is an introduction, biography, and review of related literature. Chapters 2 through 5 are devoted to discussion of each of the four vocal works, with special attention to the needs of the performer. The final chapter is a summary of findings and conclusions. Appendices include a discography of recordings currently available, a current listing of songs in the composer’s active catalogue, and a list of current publishers of the composer’s songs.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:gwyneth walker voice songs


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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