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Walton, William Turner, Sir

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Composers

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.