Gwyneth Walker

Dreams and Dances

for SATB Chorus and Piano* (or Strings) (1992)
The first song, Bones, Be Good! is also available for SSA chorus (treble/youth chorus) or SSAA chorus (women's chorus) and piano or string quartet/string orchestra.
It is also the first movement of No Ordinary Woman! (1997), a song cycle for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (or string orchestra)

Return to Gwyneth Walker Music Catalog
Read Woman of Words, Woman of Music by Kathy O'Connell, Hartford Advocate (an article about Lucille Clifton and Gwyneth Walker).
Read The Music of the Spheres and Then Some by Steve Metcalf, Hartford Courant.
Read a review of Bones, Be Good! from Dreams and Dances (1992) SATB choir and piano by Paul Leprade, The Choral Journal.

Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the first movement ("Bones, Be Good!") of this work performed by the Simsbury High School Chorus and String Orchestra, Stephan Barnicle, conductor.
Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the second movement ("Some Dreams Hang in the Air") of this work.
Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the third movement ("Let There Be New Flowering") of this work.

Download an MP3 file of the first movement of this work performed by the Simsbury High School Chorus and String Orchestra, Stephan Barnicle, conductor.
Download an MP3 file of the second movement of this work.
Download an MP3 file of the third movement of this work.

Download an MP3 file of the first movement of this work (including added flute and hand-claps) performed by the "One Voice" Mixed Chorus, Jane Ramseyer Miller, conductor.

Download an MP3 file of a performance of the first movement of this work (SSA with strings) by the St. Louis Women's Chorale, Scott Schoonover, conductor.
Download an MP3 file of a performance of the first movement of this work (SATB with strings) by the Kellogg Chamber Singers at California Polytech University, Iris S. Levine, director

* Download a PDF file of an optional solo violin part (by Timothy Reno and Gwyneth Walker) for use with "Bones, Be Good!" (SATB and piano version).
Download an MP3 file of this version (SATB, violin, piano) performed by the Sienna College Concert Choir, Timothy Reno, conductor.

Additional performance:
Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the first movement ("Bones, Be Good!") of this work performed by the New Classic Singers, Lee R. Kesselman, conductor.
Download an an MP3 file of the first movement of this work performed by the New Classic Singers, Lee R. Kesselman, conductor.

Download a PDF file of the SSA and piano score of "Bones, Be Good!". For perusal only -- not printable.
Download a PDF file of the SSA and strings score of "Bones, Be Good!". For perusal only -- not printable.

Download a PDF file of the SATB and piano score of "Bones, Be Good!". For perusal only -- not printable.
Download a PDF file of the SATB and piano score of "Some Dreams Hang in the Air". For perusal only -- not printable.
Download a PDF file of the SATB and piano score of "Let There Be New Flowering". For perusal only -- not printable.
Download a PDF file of the SATB and strings score of the complete Dreams and Dances. For perusal only -- not printable.

Download a PDF file of the poetry used in this work as text for printing in concert programs.


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Jointly commissioned by the Simsbury and Farmington, Connecticut High School Choruses and String Ensembles.

The three movements of this work are all settings of poems by Lucille Clifton. The musical language, reflective of the poetry, is essentially an American language derived from jazz and folk idoms.

Lucille Clifton (poet) was born in 1936 in Depew, New York and educated at Howard University and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Formerly the Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland, she has taught at Goucher College and the American University in Washington, DC.

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Notes by the composer