Gwyneth Walker

Three Songs in Celebration of the Family Farm

for SATB Chorus and Piano (1988)

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Read Vermont Family Farm Is Celebrated In Song by Georgia Croft, The Valley News.

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Commissioned by the Vermont Agriculture and Arts Association.

Three Songs in Celebration of the Family Farm are musical representations of farm life in the 1980s. The beauty, ordinariness, rigors and amusements of the work day are all portrayed. Even the sounds of the compressor and the cows shuffling through the barn are evoked!

The composer, who lives, on a family-owned dairy farm, researched these songs by spending hours in the milking barn. Her companions were 218 Holstein cows.

Notes by the composer