This volume brings together all the music Walton wrote for brass throughout his life, from the various fanfares, often written for ceremonial occasions, to the more extended work, The First Shoot, a piece which the editor of this volume, Elgar Howarth, was instrumental in bringing to life. The volume includes full critical apparatus and selected facsimiles of manuscript pages.
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.
Fanfare for a Great Occasion ; A Queen's Fanfare ; Fanfare for the National ; Anniversary Fanfare ; Roaring Fanfare ; Medley ; Salute for Sir Robert Mayer on his 100th Anniversary ; Introduction to the National Anthem ; The First Shoot ; A Birthday Fanfare