Gwyneth Van Anden Walker

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.

Photo: Gwyneth Walker, photograph by Robert Eddy,

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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

Related Information



The Sun is Love: Song Cycles

(Gwyneth Van Anden Walker, E. E. Cummings and May Swenson)


Ah! Love, But A Day

(Amy Marcy Beach, Margaret Bonds, Libby Larsen, Margaret Ruthven Lang, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, Gladys Rich and Gwyneth Van Anden Walker)


Though Love Be a Day

(Robert Beaser, Antonio Carlos Defeo and Gwyneth Van Anden Walker)


Sheet Music

Mornings Innocent

Composer(s): Gwyneth Van Anden Walker

Song(s): 1. Women Should Be Pedestals
2. Mornings Innocent
3. In Autumn
4. I Will Be Earth

Voice Type: High

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