Sir William Walton was a composer from England who was best known for his orchestral music. Between the time of Vaughan Williams and that of Benjamin Britten, his early work made him one of the most significant English composers. Walton, the son of a concertmaster father and a mezzo-soprano mother, learned violin quite joyfully as an infant and performed with improved success in his father's choir. While he obtained guidance from both Ernest Ansermet and Ferruccio Busoni, he taught himself composition.
Sir William Walton attended the University of Oxford in 1912, where he started singing Christ Church's chorus. He placed in the necessary four years of study but failed to receive a bachelor's degree in music from one review (responsions). During this time, he wrote Façade (1923) and Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra (1928; revised 1943) as well as Portsmouth Point (1926), which developed his credibility as an orchestral musician, a collection of works for chamber ensemble to complement the Sitwells' sister Edith in a recitation of her poem.
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