Four Early Songs

Four Early Songs

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This is the first publication of three of Walton's early songs (1918) for high voice and piano. Lyrical and charming, the songs are firmly in the English pastoral vein. The set is completed with 'The Winds', published in 1921, and the volume includes an introduction by Alan Cuckston which sets the songs in context.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 16 pages
  • 232 x 310 x 2mm | 93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193458683
  • 9780193458680

Table of contents

Child's song ; Love laid his sleepless head ; A lyke-wake song ; The Winds
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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

Walton was never to complete his undergraduate studies, but to judge from the accomplishment of these four Swinburne settings, all written in July 1918 when Walton was just 16, there may not have been a great deal of significance for him to learn there anyhow. Each of the songs, only one of which was published in his lifetime, is successful on its own terms, and as in the even earlier 'A Litany', a distinctive personal voice is already being established . . .
Already, one feels, there is a nascent energy straining to escape the rather fey Celtic-twilight texts towards something crisper and more incisive. * Matthew Greenall, Sheet Music, 1 Feb 2003 * Certainly 'A Child's Song' and 'A Lyke-Wake Song' are simple and attractive, and Walton might not object to having them performed today. * Michael Pilkington, Singing Summer 2002 * The set is of interest both as a glimpse into the early style of the major twentieth-century composer and as a viable group of songs for today's performer. * NATS Journal of Singing Sept 03 *
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