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Façade: Second Suite for Orchestra(1938)

• Composition: 1938. Music arranged from Façade.
First Performance: 30 March 1938. Carnegie Hall, New York. New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli conductor. [The ‘Tango-Pasodoblé’ from the First Suite was played instead of ‘Old Sir Faulk’, for reasons unknown.]
Duration: About 10 minutes
Movements: I. Fanfare. Vivo - II. Scotch Rhapsody. Molto vivace - III. Country Dance. Allegretto piacevole - IV. Noche espagnola. Maestoso - V. Popular Song. Grazioso - VI. Old Sir Faulk. Tempo di Fox-trot
Craggs Catalogue Number: C12e
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (second doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais (or alto saxophone, or, preferably, both), 2 clarinets in B-flat (both doubling clarinets in A), 2 bassoons – 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone – 1 or 2 percussion (side drum, cymbals, castanets, tambourine, triangle, wood block, Chinese blocks) – strings
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Manuscript FRKF 638b. Autograph full score. Only ‘Country Dance’ and ‘Noche espagnola’ are in Walton’s hand. The other movements are in an unknown copyist’s hand. 63 pages.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Study score, 1938 and 1968, 019 3681536. Score and parts are available on hire. [Purchase online from SheetMusicPlus.com: Study score]
Arangements: Arranged for piano duet, by Constant Lambert. Publication: Oxford University Press. Score, 1939, discontinued.

Orchestra Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
London Philharmonic Orchestra Sir William Walton 1936/8 EMI Classics 7 63381 2
Pearl GEM 0171
London Philharmonic Orchestra Sir William Walton 1968 BBC Legends 4098-2 * 4’19”
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Louis Frémaux 1976 EMI Classics 7 64201 2 10’53”
London Philharmonic Jan Latham-Koenig 1991 Chandos CHAN 9148 10’30”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Andrew Litton 1996 Decca 470 200-2 10’44”

* Only ‘Popular Song’ and ‘Old Sir Faulk’ were released.