William Turner Walton

(1902-83)

William Turner Walton (1902-83)

Born in Lancashire in 1902, Sir William Walton is frequently considered one of the greatest twentieth-century British composers. He is best known for his Symphony No. 1, the choral cantata Belshazzar's Feast, concertos for violin, viola, and cello, ceremonial pieces such as Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre, and Façade for reciter and chamber ensemble, using the poetry of Edith Sitwell.

He wrote in a number of genres, including opera (Troilus and Cressida, The Bear), ballet (The Quest, The Wise Virgins), and film music (Henry V, Richard III, Hamlet, Escape Me Never, Battle of Britain). In 1956, he moved to the island of Ischia with his wife, Susana, where he resided until his death in 1983 at the age of 80.


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