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Finale for Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger's Round), for string orchestra (1953)

• Composition: 1953. A composite work, with each movement written by a different composer. Walton contributed the finale.
First Performance: 20 June 1953. Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten conductor.
Duration: Complete work: About 16 minutes - Walton’s finale: About 3 minutes
Movements:
Theme by William Byrd, transcribed by Imogen Holst
Variation 1 - Allegro non troppo by Arthur Oldham
Variation 2 - A Lament. Andante espressivo by Sir Michael Tippett
Variation 3 - Andante by Sir Lennox Berkeley
Variation 4 - Quick and gay by Benjamin Britten
Variation 5 - Nocturne. Adagio by Humphrey Searle
Variation 6 - Presto giocoso by Sir William Walton
Craggs Catalogue Number: C61
Instrumentation: String orchestra
Manuscript: James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Osborn Music Manuscript MS.502. Autograph manuscript of all seven sections.
Publication: Boosey and Hawkes. 1953. Score and parts are available on hire.
Recordings:

Orchestra Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
Guidhall String Ensemble Robert Salter director 1988 RCA Victor RD87846 15’53”
BBC Symphony Orchestra Jac van Steen 1999 NMC D062 16’21”