Gwyneth Walker

Two Suffrage Songs

for SATB Chorus and Piano (2019)

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Two Suffrage Songs were composed in honor of the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, recognizing the Women's Right to Vote: 1920-2020. These are songs to celebrate strong women.

"Sister, Come by Here!" is an adaptation of the spiritual "Jesus, Won't You Come by Here?" The early women's rights advocates were few in number. But they were able to draw in others to join them. One can almost hear them calling out to new supporters: Sister, won't you raise your voice...you have a choice...come celebrate...come agitate (!), Sister won't you come by here?

The spiritual, "Sit Down, Sister!" is revisited with a Suffragette theme. These strong women were far too busy to rest. They were energetic, motivated and restless, as reflected the up-beat tempo of this song.

References are made to Women's Rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. They were paving the way for 20th-century activists, and for the eventual passage of the Women's Right to Vote amendment. These songs are dedicated to them, and to all those men and women who so bravely stood for women's rights.

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