Gwyneth Walker

All Through the Night

for Trumpet and String Orchestra (2008)
(piano reduction available)

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All Through the Night was was composed for trumpeter Tim Hudson of Greensboro, NC and is dedicated to Tim, Michelle, and Tom Hudson. It is based on the traditional Welsh lullaby "Ard hyd y nos" (All through the night).

The work opens serenely; the trumpet presents the lullaby over a slowly pulsing accompaniment. The energy builds towards a very vigorous and energetically syncopated section. This energy quickly dissipates, leading to a presentation of a decorated version of the lullaby marked, "relaxed, in a blues style." This section swells passionately before the opening's tranquil and tender mood returns to close the piece.

Notes by Carson Cooman