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Bright Young Thing

Donald Macleod explores how William Walton became known in London as the most precocious British composer of the 1920s after befriending the Sitwell siblings.

William Walton is perhaps best defined by a series of paradoxes: the pillar of the British Musical Establishment who lived in voluntary exile; the king of the grand, filmic gesture who harboured deep insecurity; the socialite and ladies' man who often preferred to be alone. Walton hid himself behind an acerbic wit- a statement which has also been made about his writing. Donald Macleod follows him through the distinct eras of his life and explores the many sides to the man and his music.

Snatched by the Sitwells from what they saw as an ignominious future as a schoolteacher in Oldham, William Walton became known in London as the most precocious British composer of the 1920's. Donald Macleod delves into the curious world with which Walton became involved.

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Mon 6 Feb 2012 18:30

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  • William Walton

    Façade

    Performer: Reciters: Peter Pears & Edith Sitwell Performer: English Opera Group Ensemble Performer: Conductor: Anthony Collins

    • ALTO ALC 1026.
    • 1.
  • William Walton

    The Winds

    Performer: Felicity Lott: Soprano Performer: Graham Johnson: Piano

    • COLLINS 14932.
    • 1.
  • William Walton

    Siesta

    Performer: English Northern Sinfonia Performer: Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones

    • NAXOS 8.555868.
    • 8.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Conductor: Andre Previn

    • EMI 0777 7 64723 2 4.
    • 11.

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