Walton, William - Concerto For Viola ( 1929 Revised 1962 ). With Piano Reduction. Published by Oxford University Press.

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"Walton's Viola Concerto is another one of 'The Big Three' viola concertos most often required at professional, orchestral and college auditions, and is perhaps the first great viola concerto of the 20th century. I love this piece because it takes both the audience and performer through a wide spectrum of emotions and musical expressions, from tragically lyrical themes of longing and pining to hurried and fast-paced forays. Walton also makes use of the entire range of the viola, and the concerto's technical demands are some of the greatest in all viola repertoire. A true masterwork for viola, and a necessary part of the serious violist's music library."
- Jesse Calcat, Viola, 2007 Shar Apprentice

This updated edition, released in 2002, incorporates editors' markings from previous editions as well as newly examined sources. Based on the new William Walton Edition, it is e
dited by Christopher Wellington, with piano reduction by Geoffrey Pratley and viola part revisions by Frederick Riddle.  Published by Oxford University Press.

Difficulty: ASTA grade 6

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"I love this concerto for its beautiful, memorable melodies and energetic pacing. These characteristics have made it very popular with audiences as well. This edition includes tempo and expressive markings from both the original version and Walton's later revision of the orchestra part, giving the player valuable insight into the composer's vision for the piece as well as standard performance practices."
- Dan Plonka, Viola, 2006 Shar Apprentice

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