This hardbound full score is presented in a slip-case embellished with William Walton's signature in gold. William Walton signed the title pages of 350 copies, of which only a handful are still left in OUP's stock.
An oratorio for baritone soloist, mixed chorus, and orchestra, using text from the Bible selected by Osbert Sitwell
Orchestral material is available on hire
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.
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Full score deluxe (signed by the composer)