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WILLIAM WALTON'S FILM SCORES: NEW EVIDENCE IN THE AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS - PDF

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William Walton's manuscripts are generally well-preserved and well-documented. Autograph material survives for half of his fourteen feature film projects. These sources offer a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the production of mid-century British cinema-in particular allowing a more nuanced understanding of the film editing decisions made by Walton's great collaborator Laurence Olivier, and the post-production role of conductor Muir Mathieson. Sketches reveal Walton's early attempts to synchronize his music to action on screen, and later giving up this technique. Most surprisingly, the autographs reveal that the recent DVD release of Battle of Britain which purportedly restores the discarded Walton score (actually written jointly with Malcolm Arnold) misplaces every cue. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									           WILLIAM WALTON’S FILM SCORES:
          NEW EVIDENCE IN THE AUTOGRAPH
                   MANUSCRIPTS
                               By James Brooks Kuykendall



   In the mid-twentieth century, William Walton (1902–1983) had a
much more prominent name as a film composer than he commands
now. In contemporaneous books on film music—and particularly those
published in Britain—Walton was regularly cited as a rising luminary.1
The film industry has grown exponentially in the decades since, and this
has put his work in a larger perspective which must include a whole
								
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