Gwyneth Walker

From Dusk to Dawn

for SSA Chorus and Piano (2012)

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From Dusk to Dawn tells the story of the Liberian women protesting the civil war which engulfed their country until 2003. Led by Leymah Gbowee (Winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize), the women prayed, marched, sang and resolutely waited for peace. Their "uniforms" were white T-shirts.

At times, the women doubted their strength. But, with hands joined together, they became peace mothers. Ultimately, they proclaimed, "Mighty be our powers!"

The musical language for this choral setting is rhythmic, energetic and powerful. The voices sing, "Gather, gather," in repeated 8th notes, as the calls for protest gain in strength. Tremolo chords in the accompaniment bring increased energy. The final section is emphatic, with accented chords in the voices and piano to express "Mighty women!"

Notes by the composer