Gwyneth Walker

The Road Goes Ever On

for SATB Chorus (2006)

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Commissioned by the University of California Alumni Chorus for the University of California Choral Ensembles, in memory of Ronni Kordell Gravitz

This work is a setting of a text by the British author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), from his famous trilogy of fantasy novels, "The Lord of the Rings" (1954).

In the books, this song was written as a "walking song" by the hobbit doyen Bilbo Baggins and quoted and adapted by young Frodo Baggins. It celebrates the joy of a life filled with journey and adventure and everything that comes with it.

Notes by Carson Cooman