Paul Driver: William Walton
12 December 2002
Show More The Selected Letters of William Walton edited by Malcolm Hayes.
Faber, 526 pp., £30, January 2002, 0 571 20105 9Show More
William Walton: Muse of Fire by Stephen Lloyd.
Boydell, 332 pp., £45, June 2001, 9780851158037Show More
William Walton, the Romantic Loner: A Centenary Portrait Album by Humphrey Burton and Maureen Murray.
Oxford, 182 pp., £25, January 2002, 0 19 816235 9Show More
“... Malcolm Hayes tells us that the letters he has selected are merely a quarter of a fifth of those so far available, but one would not want the volume longer. William Walton is no prose stylist, not much of an anecdotalist, and his letters reveal remarkably little about him. They are nearly always utilitarian – money, advice, favours to be sought, contracts to be finalised, parts to be corrected, a libretto to be endlessly rejigged, practicalities of life on an Italian island to be discussed – and not infrequently duplicitous ...”