William Walton

William Walton : Behind the Facade

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Susana Walton tells the story of her 35 years of marriage with William Walton to the time of his death in Ischia, Bay of Naples. She includes anecdotes and reminiscences, many in Walton's own words and previously unpublished, of the composer's early life from his childhood in Oldham, Lancashire to his musical education at Oxford, his discovery by the Sitwells, his personal relationships and his sudden emergence in the 1920s as a leading musician of his generation. The book includes intimate glimpses of many celebrated friends such as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Hans Werner Henze, Malcolm Sargent, W.H.Auden, Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin.
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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 215g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 pp plates
  • 0192826352
  • 9780192826350

Table of contents

Courtship and marriage in Buenos Aires; my early life in Argentina; newly weds; from Oldham to Oxford; the Sitwells; three masterpieces; first symphony; music for films; Laurence Olivier; Ischia; other composers; invitations and honours; "Troilus and Cressida"; second symphony; cello concerto; "La Mortella"; guests, tenants and friends; "The Bear"; final tributes; coda. Appendices: desert island discs; Walton missing manuscripts.
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