Gwyneth Walker

Three Songs for Lucille

for Soprano and Piano (2007)

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Download an an MP3 file of the first movement of this work performed by Lori Johnson, soprano and Jannis Peterson, piano.
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Download an an MP3 file of the first movement of this work performed by Ebony Preston Woods, soprano and Pat O'Neill, piano.
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Download an an MP3 file of a question and answer session with poet Lucille Clifton and composer Gwyneth Walker during a residency at SUNY Fredonia, New York in April 2007.

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These three songs were composed as a special "surprise gift" for Lucille Clifton on the occasion of the Artist Co-Residency of Lucille Clifton and Gwyneth Walker at the State University of New York Fredonia on April 2, 2007. The songs were premiered by Lori Johnson, soprano, and Jannis Peterson, piano.

The poems are autobiographical the first referring to the poet's special hands (she was born with six fingers, a trait which she has traced back to her African-Dahomean ancestors). Then, in the mirror, she affirms herself as a "city of a woman," overcoming negative self-images from her past. And, her favorite childhood memories are those associated with her sister similar girls/women, and yet different. Whereas her sister is a singer ("only where you sing"), Lucille is a poet ('i poet").

Notes by the composer