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William Walton

Music and Literature, 1st Edition

Edited by Stewart R. Craggs


288 pages

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Hardback: 9781859281901
pub: 1999-06-28

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This collection of essays seeks to reflect the many aspects of the life and work of William Walton. Written by acknowledged Walton scholars they cover the literary influences in his music and the current debates that surround them. Walton’s particularly well-known compositions are examined, such as Belshazzar’s Feast, Troilus and Cressida and Façade. Also included is an overview of his 14 film scores and an analysis of his first and second symphonies and his concertos.


’…several of the ten contributors whose essays make up this collection draw fascinating material to our attention.’ Classical Music ’…clearly appropriate and recommended to a wide readership.’ Choice '… the present paucity of Walton research ensures that all these essays have some useful contribution to make' Music and Letters 'The volume is up to Ashgate's usual high standards of overall presentation' Music and Letters

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface Michael Pope; The Songs Alan Cuckston; Sacred Music John Coggrave; Façade: a noise like amber Kevin McBeath; Belshazzar and BBC Bureaucracy: the Origins of a Masterpiece Michael Kennedy; The Symphonies and the Concertos Robert Meikle; Film Music Stephen Lloyd; 'All the things that might have been': Christopher Columbus Zelda Lawrence-Curran; 'A Lost Child': a Study of the Genesis of Troilus and Cressida Scott Price; Recorded Works Lyndon Jenkins; Walton’s Words Lewis Foreman; Bibliography; Index of Walton’s music; Index of names.

About the Series

Music and Literature

Music and Literature
As musicology increasingly embraces interdisciplinary approaches, this series of specially commissioned volumes offers fresh perspectives on composers whose works drew deeply on other artistic mediums, including painting, architecture, poetry and prose. Each volume comprises a series of commissioned essays which explore the musical, artistic and literary inspiration behind a particular composer’s output. Biographical, analytical, historical and contextual studies are drawn together to throw new light on and suggest new ways of understanding these composers and their work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General