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William WALTON
29 March 1902 - 8 March 1983 (age 80)

Walton was acclaimed as England's successor to Elgar. His best known works are Fa├žade, Balshazzar's Feast and his Symphony No1. He later did a lot of film music and collaborated with Laurence Olivier on the scores for Shakespeare's Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V.

- Family

- Works

- Quotes

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Portrait of William Walton
Portrait by Paul Helm ©
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Family

Born: on 29 March 1902, Oldham, Lancashire (Aries)
Father: Charles Walton, bass-baritone, local church choirmaster
Mother: singing teacher, Louisa Maria Turner, contralto
Siblings: Noel, Nora, Alexander
Partners:
- Baroness Imma von Doernberg,
- Lady Alice Wimborne - a 15 year relationship
- Wife: Lady Susanna Walton (Susana Gil Passo, Argentinian)
Children: none
Died: Ischia, Italy. 8 March 1983 (age 81)

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Works

Opera
* Troilus and Cressida
* The Bear, one-act opera,
Ballet
* The Wise Virgins
* The Quest
Orchestral works
* Symphony No. 1
* Symphony No. 2 "Liverpool"
* Façade Suites for Orchestra
* Crown Imperial, ceremonial march ( for the coronation of George VI)
* Music for Children
* Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
* Orb and Sceptre, ceremonial march

* 2 Viola Concertos
* Cello Concerto
Works for Chorus and Orchestra
* Belshazzar's Feast
* In Honour of the City of London
* Coronation Te Deum ( for the coronation of Elizabeth II)
* Façade, for reciter and chamber ensemble (1922, subsequently revised, based on poems by Edith Sitwell)
Film scores
* As You Like It
* Henry V
* Hamlet
* Richard III
* Battle of Britain
* various music for theater and television
Spitfire Prelude


.Quotes

- "To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee."

- "Every man and woman alive is gifted by God in some special way. People who have a self-image of worth are going to see value in what they do. This is the attitude that motivates them to be and to do their best. It's a drive that comes from within people."


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Crown Imperial - Coronation March

Belshazzar's Feast
some excerpts with the BYU Phil&Choirs

Bagatelle for Guitar No. 2
written for and performed by Julian Bream

'Scotch Rhapsody' from Facade
Glenn Gould and Patricia Rideout


Links, sources and where to go for more information

Answers.com

William Walton Trust

WilliamWalton.net

Classic fm

Last.fm

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