William Walton

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Born: 29 March 1902

Died: 8 March 1983


Sir William Turner Walton, OM was a British composer and conductor. His style was influenced by the works of Stravinsky, Sibelius and jazz, and is characterized by rhythmic vitality, bittersweet harmony, sweeping Romantic melody and brilliant orchestration. His output includes orchestral and choral works, chamber music and ceremonial music, as well as notable film scores. His earliest works, especially Edith Sitwell's Façade brought him notoriety as a modernist, but it was with orchestral symphonic works and the oratorio Belshazzar's Feast that he gained international recognition. He was knighted in 1951, and was admitted to the Order of Merit in 1967. He died in Ischia, Italy, where he had settled in 1949.

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List of choral works

  • Belshazzar's Feast (1931)
  • Cantico del sole (1974)
  • Coronation Te Deum (1952, written for the coronation of Elizabeth II)
  • Gloria (1961)
  • In Honour of the City of London (1937)
  • The Twelve, to a text by W. H. Auden (1965)
  • Service music, including Missa Brevis (1966) and Jubilate Deo (1972)
  • A Litany (1916)
  • Set me as a seal upon thine heart (1938)
  • four carols, including What cheer? (1961)
  • Where does the uttered Music go? (1946, written for a memorial service for Henry Wood)

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