The works of William Walton : a critical analysis

Talbot, John (1963). The works of William Walton : a critical analysis Honours Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland.

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Author Talbot, John
Thesis Title The works of William Walton : a critical analysis
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1963
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Supervisor Hugh Brandon
Gordon Spearritt
Total pages 194
Language eng
Subjects 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
190406 Music Composition
Formatted abstract

In dealing with the work of a living composer who has only recently passed his sixtieth year, one is faced with a situation which imposes a number of limitations on any attempt to bring the discussion to a completely satisfying conclusion. The work of an artist is constantly open to change and development, and at this stage of Walton's career, when there is no real evidence that the development he has shown in the last thirty years has reached an end, it is not feasible to attempt a definitive summary of such important aspects of his work as style or influence on musical composition in general. Consequently the author has chosen to concentrate on a detailed discussion and evaluation of individual works, in a manner both critical and analytical; features of stylistic development and musical influence are discussed without any attempt to summarize them or pass final judgment. The aim has been to provide a comprehensive survey of Walton's output to the present day; for a composer of such wide renown, a survey of this nature is felt to be long overdue.

Keyword Walton, William, 1902-1983
Composers -- England

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