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Walton, William Turner, Sir

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Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

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1902 - Born on March 29th in Oldham, Lancashire, England. English composer especially known for his orchestral music.

1912 - He entered the University of Oxford, where he sang in the choir of Christ Church.

1923 - He composed Façade—a set of pieces for chamber ensemble, to accompany the Sitwells' sister Edith in a recitation of her poetry.

1926-1928 - Composed Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra and Portsmouth Point, which established his reputation as an orchestral composer.

1929 - Hindemith was soloist in the first performance of one of Walton's finest works, his Viola Concerto.

1941-1954 - Walton also composed a number of scores for motion pictures, including Major Barbara, Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III.

         - His vocal music includes the oratorio Belshazzar's Feast and the operas Troilus and Cressida and The Bear (one act).

         - The composer received a knighthood.

1983 - Died on March 8th in Ischia, Italy.

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