Sir William Walton

(1902—1983) composer

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference


English composer, whose early association with the Sitwell family was the background to his ‘entertainment’ Façade (1922), for reciter with six instrumental soloists; twenty‐one of Edith Sitwell's poems were accompanied by a score skilfully adapted to the rhythms, sounds, and allusions of the words. Osbert Sitwell contributed, from biblical sources, the score of Walton's dramatic cantata, Belshazzar's Feast (1931). The choral work In Honour of the City of London (1937) is a setting of Dunbar, and Walton's opera Troilus and Cressida (1954) is adapted from Chaucer. Walton also wrote the incidental music for Laurence Olivier's three Shakespeare films (Henry V, 1944; Hamlet, 1947; and Richard III, 1955), and the score for a stage production of Macbeth (1941).

Subjects: Music.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.