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William Walton (I) (1902–1983)

William Walton came from a musical family. He entered Christ Church, Oxford at the early age of sixteen but left without a degree in 1920. A fine musician, he was essentially self-taught as a composer, except some instruction from Hugh Allen, the cathedral organist. Through literary friends and other associations he became acquainted with the ... See full bio »

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(age 80) in Ischia, Italy

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Known For

Last Action Hero Soundtrack
(1993)
Hamlet Composer
(1948)
Henry V Composer
(1944)
Battle of Britain Music Department
(1969)

Filmography

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 2012 The Other Side... (Video short) (music) (completed)
 2002 Prom at the Palace (TV Special documentary) (composer: additional music)
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1980 The Tempest (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1980 Twelfth Night (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1979 Henry V (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1979 Henry IV Part II (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1979 Henry IV Part I (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1976-1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series) (composer - 9 episodes)
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... (composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" - uncredited)
- Golden Gordon (1979) ... (composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" - uncredited)
- Whinfrey's Last Case (1979) ... (composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" - uncredited)
- The Curse of the Claw (1977) ... (composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" - uncredited)
- Across the Andes by Frog (1977) ... (composer: theme music "Fanfare from Facade Suite No.1" - uncredited)
 1979 Henry VIII (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1979 Measure for Measure (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1979 Julius Caesar (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1978 As You Like It (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1978 Richard II (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1978 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie) (composer: title music)
 1963-1977 Camera Three (TV Series) (music by - 2 episodes)
- Façade (1977) ... (music by)
- Façade (1963) ... (music by)
 1970-1972 Music on 2 (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- Walton Birthday Concert (1972) ... (conductor)
- The Bear (1970) ... (conductor - as Sir William Walton)
 1969 Battle of Britain (composer: additional music)
 1957 Pacific 13 (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Façade (1957) ... (music by)
 1936 Façade (TV Movie) (conductor)
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Other Works:

His music, "Facade," was performed in the ballet, "Tribute to Margot Fonteyn on Her 60th Birthday: Glazounov's Birthday Offering, Elgar's Salut D'Amour A Margot Fonteyn, and Franck's Symphonic Variations," in a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Lesley Collier, Jennifer ... See more »

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Sir William Walton
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Trivia:

After a long absence from film work, he was hired to compose the music for "Battle Of Britain" in 1969. He composed a full score, but it was rejected by the producers, who then hired Ron Goodwin to compose an entirely new one. This cavalier act toward a distinguished artist so angered his friend Laurence Olivier, who played the largest and most important role in the film, that Olivier immediately... See more »

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