• Composition: 1926. Music arranged from Façade. First Performance: 3 December 1926. Lyceum Theatre Orchestra, William Walton conductor. Lyceum Theatre, London. Season of Russian Ballet, as orchestral interlude to Lord Berners’ ballet The Triumph of Neptune.
Duration: About 11 minutes
• Movements: I. Polka - II. Valse - III. Swiss Jodelling Song. Lento - IV. Tango-Pasodoblé. Lento - V. Tarantella-Sevillana
• Craggs Catalogue Number: C12c
• Instrumentation: 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (second doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in A (both doubling clarinets in B-flat), 2 bassoons – 4 horns in F (third and fourth ad lib.), 2 trumpets in C, trombone, tuba – timpani, 2 or 3 percussion (triangle, side drum, glockenspiel, castanets, xylophone, cymbals, bass drum, tambourine) – strings
• Manuscript: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Music Collection, among the papers of Edith Sitwell. Autograph manuscript score.
• Publication: Oxford University Press. Study score, 1936 and 1968, 019 368148X. Score and parts are available on hire. [Purchase online from SheetMusicPlus.com: Study score]
• Arrangements: Arranged for piano duet, by Constant Lambert. Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1927, discontinued.
The music of this suite formed the basis of the following ballets.
Façade: Ballet in One Act. Choreography by Günter Hess.
First Performance: 22 September 1929. Chamber Ballet Dancing Theatre, Hagen, Westphalia, Germany. W. G. von Keller producer.
Façade: Ballet in One Act. Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton.
First Performance: 26 April 1931. Cambridge Theatre, London. The Camargo Society. Cambridge Theatre Orchestra, Constant Lambert conductor. John Armstrong decor.
The First Suite made up the bulk of the music for this ballet, but also included were ‘Scotch Rhapsody’ and ‘Popular Song’. It is possible that Constant Lambert made the orchestrations for this ballet production, as Angus Morrison has suggested. However, it is also possible that Walton himself made the orchestrations and only later incorporated them into the Second Suite for Orchestra.
Familien-Album. Choreography by John Cranko.
First Performance: 16 March 1961. Württemberg States Theatre, Stuttgart. The States Theatre Ballet. Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Dünnwald conductor. Richard Beerscenery and costumes.
|London Philharmonic Orchestra||Sir William Walton||1936||EMI Classics 7 63381 2
Pearl GEM 0171
|New York Philharmonic||André Kostelanetz||1957||Sony Classical 58931||10’26”|
|London Philharmonic Orchestra||Sir William Walton||1968||BBC Legends 4098-2||* 4’22”|
|City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra||Louis Frémaux||1976||EMI Classics 7 64201 2||11’21”|
|London Philharmonic||Jan Latham-Koenig||1991||Chandos CHAN 9148||11’49”|
|Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra||Andrew Litton||1996||Decca 470 200-2||11’09”|
* Only ‘Tango-Pasodoblé’ and ‘Tarantella-Sevillana’ were released.