for mixed chorus, baritone solo, and orchestra This new study-score edition of Walton's seminal cantata has been off-printed from the William Walton Edition, Vol. 4, edited by Steuart Bedford. It combines the scholarship of the Edition with the practical benefits of the smaller format. 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 amoun 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.