Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar's Feast : William Walton Edition vol. 4

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Walton's Belshazzar's Feast is a cornerstone of the modern choral repertory. Commissioned by the BBC and premiered at the Leeds Festival in 1931, the works sets texts selected and arranged from the Bible by Osbert Sitwell. With its commanding baritone narrative, colourful orchestration, and jubilant choral finale, this dramatic re-telling of a well-known Biblical story is as popular today as it was at its premiere almost eighty years ago.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 208 pages
  • 270 x 385 x 32mm | 1,395g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193683083
  • 9780193683082

About William Walton

Sir William Walton was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1902, the son of a choirmaster and a singing-teacher. He became a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and then an undergraduate at the University. His first composition to attract attention was a piano quartet written at the age of sixteen. At Oxford he made the acquaintance of the Sitwells who gave him friendship, moral and financial support and in 1922 he collaborated with Edith in devising the
entertainment Facade. Less than ten years later, Osbert prepared the text of another masterwork, Belshazzar's Feast. From 1922 to 1927 Walton began to spend an increasing amount of time abroad, notably in Switzerland and Italy. The war years were devoted mainly to writing film and ballet scores and he became
established as amongst the greatest composers for the screen.
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