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Little-known music of all eras => Discussion of obscure composers => Topic started by: Gauk on February 19, 2020, 10:17:46 pm



Title: Simpson and Walton's 70th birthday.
Post by: Gauk on February 19, 2020, 10:17:46 pm
In 1972, the BBC aired a programme to celebrate Walton's 70th birthday, in which were played tributes by several British composers. The highlight was a very clever piece by Robert Simpson, which started off as the opening of Walton's first symphony, but in which the statement of the first subject morphed subtly into "Happy Birthday to You". I'd love to hear it again. Does anyone know if it was ever preserved?


Title: Re: Simpson and Walton's 70th birthday.
Post by: Paulp on May 20, 2020, 06:16:49 pm
It has found its way onto Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0We4-cOiPQo&t=723s


Title: Re: Simpson and Walton's 70th birthday.
Post by: Christo on May 20, 2020, 09:26:33 pm
Actually six composers deliver a one minute 'Happy Birthday' piece, No. 5 being Robert Simpson's, starting at 09:25 - and doing what you remembered he did.


Title: Re: Simpson and Walton's 70th birthday.
Post by: jimfin on May 25, 2020, 12:05:14 pm
Of course there is a phrase in Walton's own Viola Concerto that sounds very like "Happy birthday to you". In the scherzo