Orchestral Works 2

Orchestral Works 2 : William Walton Edition vol. 16

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This volume contains newly edited versions of four important later orchestral works by Walton: Capriccio Burlesco, Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten, Prologo e Fantasia, and Varii Capricci. The first three works were written for American orchestras: Capriccio Burlesco was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for its 125th anniversary year in 1968; the Improvisations, based on a theme from Britten's Piano Concerto No. 1, was written in 1969 and dedicated to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Prologo e Fantasia was written in 1981-2 for the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. The last work, Varii Capricci, was a free transcription for orchestra by Walton of his Five Bagatelles for Guitar and written for the opening of the Royal Festival Hall in 1976.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 256 pages
  • 254 x 382 x 28mm | 1,741.79g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193683164
  • 9780193683167

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.show more

Table of contents

Capriccio Burlesco ; Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten ; Varii Capricci ; Prologo e Fantasiashow more