Gwyneth Van Anden Walker1947 -
Gwyneth Walker has written dozens of compositions for solo voice, setting the poetry of Wendell Berry, e. e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, May Swenson, and Alice Walker, as well as several others.
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Born in New York City, Gwyneth Walker studied at Brown University and Hartt School of Music. She taught from 1976 to 1982, first at Oberlin and then at Hartford Conservatory and Hartt School of Music. In 1982, she gave up teaching to pursue composing full-time. She moved to a dairy farm in Vermont and has remained there ever since.
Her compositions are aimed at a wide audience, incorporating the everyday into composition (such as incorporating a tennis player into a performance at Lincoln Center) and giving performances in non-traditional venues (such as a dairy barn).
Her style of composition has been described as traditional and similar to that of Aaron Copland and Charles Ives.
--Christie Finn Source: J. Michele Edwards' article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians