The William Walton edition is a collected edition of the works of one of England's finest and best-loved composers. Each work is newly edited and engraved, and checked against the composer's manuscript, previously published editions, and all other relevant material. The result is a definitive and fully practical edition, based on the form in which the composer ultimately wished it to be performed. Choral music preoccupied Walton throughout his life and developed from his experience as a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford. Alongside Belshazzar's Feast, these four larger-scale works for chorus and orchestra stand testimony to his expertise in the field, and include the orchestral version of The Twelve, commissioned with words by W. H. Auden by his former Oxford college in 1965.
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.
In Honour of the City of London ; Coronation Te Deum ; Gloria ; The Twelve (version with orchestra)