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Four Pieces for Lute were composed in 1977, when Gwyneth Walker was a member of the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory. The music was written for lutenist Peter Croton, a student at the Conservatory.
These pieces are among the earliest in the Walker catalog, dating to the time directly following the completion of Doctoral studies at the Hartt School of Music. The musical language is light and free.
The four movements are marked "Lively", "Andantino, Dolce e Semplice", "Rhythmico", and "Dolce." The second movement is a transcription of the piano piece, April, also composed in 1977.
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