William Walton
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1902-03-29
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William Walton

William Walton Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir William Turner Walton, OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) was an English composer. During a 60 year career, he wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from film scores to opera. His best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto, the First Symphony, and the British coronation anthems Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre.

Born in Oldham, Lancashire, the son of a musician, Walton was a chorister and then an undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford. On leaving the university, he was taken up by the literary Sitwell siblings, who provided him with a home and a cultural education. His earliest work of note was a collaboration with Edith Sitwell, Façade, which at first brought him notoriety as a modernist, but later became a popular ballet score.

In middle age, Walton left Britain and set up home with his young wife Susana on the Italian island of Ischia. By this time, he had ceased to be regarded as a modernist, and some of his compositions of the 1950s were criticised as old-fashioned. His only full-length opera, Troilus and Cressida, was among the works to be so labelled and has made little impact in opera houses. In his last years, his works came back into critical fashion; his later compositions, dismissed by critics at the time of their premieres, were revalued and regarded alongside his earlier works.

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Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
William Walton
Spitfire Prelude
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Spitfire Prelude
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Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Rhyme (No 6, A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table)
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Rhyme (No 6, A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table)
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Five Bagatelles
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Five Bagatelles
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5 Bagatelles (Lento, tempo di valse)
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5 Bagatelles (Lento, tempo di valse)
William Walton
Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto
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Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
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Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
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Cello Concerto: 1st Mvt
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Cello Concerto: 1st Mvt
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Touch Her Soft Lips And Part (From "Henry V"), Arr. Bob Chilcott For Chorus
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Touch Her Soft Lips And Part (From "Henry V"), Arr. Bob Chilcott For Chorus
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Missa Brevis (Gloria)
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Missa Brevis (Gloria)
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Façade. An Entertainment - XIX Popular Song
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Façade. An Entertainment - XIX Popular Song
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Scapino (Comedy Overture)
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Scapino (Comedy Overture)

Scapino (Comedy Overture)

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Groves
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What Cheer
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What Cheer
William Walton
Touch her soft lips and part (Henry V)
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Touch her soft lips and part (Henry V)
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Polka (Façade)
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Polka (Façade)
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Touch her Lips Softly and Part (Henry V)
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Touch her Lips Softly and Part (Henry V)
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Partita for orchestra
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Partita for orchestra
William Walton
All this time
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All this time
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Popular Song (Façade)
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Popular Song (Façade)
William Walton
Johannesburg Festival Overture
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Johannesburg Festival Overture
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Popular Song
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Popular Song
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Partita (1st mvt)
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Partita (1st mvt)
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Scapino
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Scapino
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Touch her soft lips, and part (Henry V Suite)
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Touch her soft lips, and part (Henry V Suite)
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Facade - An Entertainment For Reciter And Chamber Ensemble (opening, Nos 1-3)
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Facade - An Entertainment For Reciter And Chamber Ensemble (opening, Nos 1-3)
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Praise ye; Thus in Babylon (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Praise ye; Thus in Babylon (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Johannesburg Festival Overture
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Johannesburg Festival Overture
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Orb and sceptre - coronation march
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Orb and sceptre - coronation march
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3 Pieces for organ (from the film Richard III)
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3 Pieces for organ (from the film Richard III)
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'Spitfire' prelude and fugue for orchestra
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'Spitfire' prelude and fugue for orchestra
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Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario VI Agincourt from 'We few, we happy few'
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Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario VI Agincourt from 'We few, we happy few'
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Portsmouth Point Overture
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Portsmouth Point Overture
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Symphony No 1
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Symphony No 1
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Where does the uttered music go?
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Where does the uttered music go?
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Coronation March: Crown Imperial
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Coronation March: Crown Imperial
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Cello Concerto
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Cello Concerto
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Spitfire Prelude And Fugue
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Spitfire Prelude And Fugue
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Portsmouth Point Overture
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Portsmouth Point Overture
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Symphony No.1 in B flat minor: I.Allegro assai
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Symphony No.1 in B flat minor: I.Allegro assai
William Walton
Portsmouth Point
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Portsmouth Point
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Symphony No.1 in B flat minor
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Symphony No.1 in B flat minor
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Belshazzar's Feast
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Belshazzar's Feast
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Symphony No.1 (1st mvt: Allegro Assai)
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Symphony No.1 (1st mvt: Allegro Assai)
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Two Pieces: ii. Scherzetto
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Two Pieces: ii. Scherzetto
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Belshazzar's Feast
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Belshazzar's Feast
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'Cantico del Sole'
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'Cantico del Sole'
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1968: Prom 29
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Royal Albert Hall
1968-08-20T13:57:32
20
Aug
1968

Proms 1968: Prom 29

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1965: Prom 36
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehrxj5
Royal Albert Hall
1965-08-27T13:57:32
27
Aug
1965

Proms 1965: Prom 36

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1962: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1962
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Royal Albert Hall
1962-07-21T13:57:32
21
Jul
1962

Proms 1962: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1962

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1960: Prom 43
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Royal Albert Hall
1960-09-10T13:57:32
10
Sep
1960

Proms 1960: Prom 43

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1960: Prom 41
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejp3d4
Royal Albert Hall
1960-09-08T13:57:32
8
Sep
1960

Proms 1960: Prom 41

Royal Albert Hall

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