The Hired Girls


"The Hired Girls" is the fourth movement of Libby Larsen's song cycle My Ántonia.


The audio recording of "The Hired Girls" from My Ántonia, provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Danya Katok, soprano, and Dimitri Dover, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at the Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

From My Ántonia
by Willa Cather

"Now, you're Lena, are you?
--And you're Tony and you're Mary!
have I got it straight?"

(They were handsome girls, the hired girls
Lena and Tony)

Three Marys.. .
Four Danish girls.. .
And Lena and Tiny. . .

How they loved to dance!
(I thought)-if (not) for girls like (these) in the world
There would be no poetry.


Audio PLaylist