William Walton

Belshazzar’s Feast

            William Walton was the most important British musician in the generation immediately after that of Vaughan Williams.   His artistic orientation was quite different from that of the older man, and while certainly not an adherent of the revolution in musical style wrought by Schoenberg and his students, Walton was nevertheless a true child of the new currents in music of the 1920s.  The music of Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Bartók were influential, but it must be said that he directed more attention to the big traditional forms of concerto and symphony than did those luminaries.  Today, he is appreciated, not only for his two symphonies and three important concertos for viola, violin, and violoncello, respectively, but also for his contributions in the great English choir t