Gwyneth Walker

Songs of the Night Wind

for Soprano and Cello (1982)
for Soprano and Piano (1982)

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Listen to a RealAudio (G2) stream of the first movement of this work performed by Denise Walker, soprano and Estrid Eklof, piano.
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Download a PDF file of the score of this composition (soprano and cello version). This score/part may be printed and duplicated for the purposes of performances. However, please send a message to performances@gwynethwalker.com, notifying us of the date/location of the performance. Note: This score must be printed on legal size (8.5 x 14) paper.

Download a PDF file of the score of this composition (soprano and piano version). Note: This score must be printed on legal size (8.5 x 14) paper.


Songs of the Night Wind were composed in 1982 for soprano Marsha Hogan, an active performer in Hartford, Connecticut. The original scoring was for soprano, and cello, and the songs have been performed frequently with cello accompaniment. A transcription for soprano and piano is also available.

The texts for Songs of the Night Wind are five poems by 20th-century women poets: Louise Bogan, Lisel Mueller, and H. D. (Hilda Doolittle). Each of the poems makes reference to either the night or the wind, or both.

These musical settings are unusually delicate, and are intended for recital performance by skilled musicians.

Notes by the composer