Gwyneth Walker

Feathers and Frogs

for SATB Chorus, Piano, and Opt. Percussion (2006)

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Download an MP3 file of a performance of "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" the The Master Singers of Worcester and the Salisbury Singers, Malcolm Halliday, conductor.
Download an MP3 file of a performance of "I'm Nobody!" by The Master Singers of Worcester and the Salisbury Singers, Malcolm Halliday, conductor.

Download an MP3 file of a performance of both movements by the Olentangy High School Chamber Singers, Richard Schnipke, director.

Download a PDF file of the choral score of this composition. For perusal only -- not printable.


The poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886 -- Amherst, Massachusetts) represents the idiosyncratic and satiric New England personality. These two short songs, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” and “I’m Nobody!,” are treated in a light-hearted manner. Perhaps the listener might hear a bird in the first song, and a frog (doing a tango by the bog) in the second! Although humorous in nature, these lyrics and songs have thoughtful messages.

Notes by the composer