Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra : William Walton Edition vol. 12

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This volume prints both of Walton's orchestrations: his initial scoring (1929) and his reduced orchestrations of 1962. It also for the first time restores the solo part as edited by Frederick Riddle, an early soloist and champion of the work, who devised numerous idiomatic phrasings and bowings with the approval of the composer. The volume is completed by critical notes, facsimiles, and an introduction.Full performing material for both orchestrations is available from the Hire Library.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 320 pages
  • 248.9 x 337.8 x 35.6mm | 1,700.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193681307
  • 9780193681309

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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Review quote

There are many acknowledged ways of playing this piece and this new edition enables the performer to deliver the music with the utmost clarity. There are always still more alternatives, but Wellington's carefully considered bowings have much to commend them . . . All in all, this is a very welcome addition to the library and comes warmly recommended. * Leonie Anderson, ESTA News and Views Autumn 2002 * I was immediately impressed with the clean appearance, and the scholarly look the edition had . . . I really do appreciate the care editors are taking nowadays to provide as much information as possible to the performer . . . It is also very helpful for publishing companies to provide important historical information about the piece . . . I applaud this trend from publishers, and I hope this type of analytical history of pieces continues to find its way into print
along with the music. * Kenneth Martinson, Canadian Viola Society Newsletter *
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