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Prelude and Fugue: The Spitfire, for orchestra (1942)

• Composition: 1942. Extracted from the music for the film The First of the Few.
First Performance: 2 January 1943. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. Liverpool Philharmonic Crchestra, Sir William Walton conductor.
Duration: About 8 minutes
Craggs Catalogue Number: C45a
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), 1 or 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 or 2 bassoons – 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba – timpani, percussion (side drum, cymbals, bell) – harp – strings
A note in the score reads: “Optional 2nd oboe and 2nd bassoon parts have been added by Vilem Tausky, with the composer’s authorization.”
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Manuscript FRKF 607. Autograph full score. 32 pages.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Study score, 1961, 019 3683504. Score and parts are available on hire.
Prelude, arranged for organ solo, by Dennis Morrell.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1966, 019 3744725 (discontinued). Also included in A Walton Organ Album, 1996, 019 3758709.
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Prelude, arranged for military band, by Rodney B. Bashford.
Publication: Boosey and Hawkes. Score, 1966, QMB 273, and parts.
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Fugue, arranged for military band, by J. L. Wallace.
Publication: Boosey and Hawkes. Score, 1970, QMB 288, and parts. Discontinued.

Arranged for brass ensemble, by Elgar Howarth, 1977.
Instrumentation: Piccolo trumpet, 2 cornets, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, tuba – timpani, 2 percussion
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available on hire.

Arranged for brass band, by Crees.
Instrumentation: 3 piccolo trumpets, 3 trumpets, flugelhorn, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphonium, 2 tuba – tmipani, percussion
Publication: Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available on hire.

Orchestra Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
Hallé Orchestra Sir William Walton 1943 EMI Classics 63381 8’14”
Philharmonia Orchestra Sir William Walton 1963 EMI Classics 65007 7’58”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Charles Groves 1969 EMI Classics 67222 7’19”
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Sir Neville Marriner 1990 Chandos CHAN 8870 8’38”
Florida Philharmonic Orchestra James Judd 1991 Harmonia Mundi 907070 7’00”
English Northern Philharmonia Paul Daniel 1996 Naxos 8.553869 7’41”
The Band of the Scots Guards  [arr. Bashford/Wallace] Major R. J. Owen 2002 SRC 107 8’03”