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The Films of William Walton

Matthew Sweet discusses the film music of William Walton, whose scores included Escape Me Never, First of the Few, Went the Day Well?, Hamlet, Richard III and Henry V.

Matthew Sweet looks back on the film career of William Walton who composed for 13 films between 1934 and 1969 including Escape Me Never; First Of The Few; Went The Day Well; The Battle of Britain; The Three Sisters and Olivier's Hamlet and Richard III.

The Classic Score of the Week - during this, the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt - features his music for Shakespeare's "Henry V".

1 hour

Last on

Sat 30 May 2015 16:00

Music Played

  • William Walton

    'Spitfire' prelude and fugue for orchestra - concert version [from 'The First of the Few' film music]

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • CDM 5 650070 2.
  • William Walton

    Escape me never - music for the film

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Herrmann.
    • DECCA.
    • 4803787.
  • William Walton

    Major Barbara - suite [compiled from film score]

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-10435X.
  • William Walton

    Richard III - a Shakespeare scenario, arr. C Palmer [9 movements from the film score]

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-10435X.
  • William Walton

    Henry V - music for the film

    Music Arranger: Composer. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • William Walton

    Battle in the air for orchestra [used in film 'Battle of Britain']

    Performer: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Arnold.
    • RYKODISC.
    • RCD-10747.
  • William Walton

    Hamlet - music for the film

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-10436 X.
  • William Walton

    The Three sisters - music for the film

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-8870-.

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