This volume presents new editions of the ballets The Wise Virgins (based on the music of J. S. Bach) and The Quest, works Walton completed in the 1940s. The full score of The Quest reveals Walton's original orchestration for the first time. Also published for the first time are the recently discovered three numbers from The Wise Virgins which, together with those of the Suite, comprised the complete ballet. The volume has an
extended Preface explaining the fascinating history behind the works and a full textual commentary. The scores have been entirely re-set, and new orchestral parts on hire/rental produced to match the new editions.
Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.
Sir William Walton was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1902, the son of a choirmaster and a singing-teacher. He became a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and then an undergraduate at the University. His first composition to attract attention was a piano quartet written at the age of sixteen. At Oxford he made the acquaintance of the Sitwells who gave him friendship, moral and financial support and in 1922 he collaborated with Edith in devising the entertainment Facade. Less than ten years later, Osbert prepared the text of another masterwork, Belshazzar's Feast. From 1922 to 1927 Walton began to spend an increasing amount of time abroad, notably in Switzerland and Italy. The war years were devoted mainly to writing film and ballet scores and he became established as amongst the greatest composers for the screen.