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Sir William Walton

(1902—1983) composer


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(1902–83),

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.


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