I know Andrew's opinion of all English composers between Elgar and Britten; he knows that I disagree.
I'm actually in the middle of reading a Walton biography while attending a musicology conference in Indianapolis. I know, one is supposed to do research before
the performance; but I belatedly realized I knew very little about his life (and not that much about his other works, although those I know were likable enough). Despite the impression that he and Britten were bitter rivals, they were on reasonably good terms.
And Andrew, nobody in our audience (as far as I know) took any exception to the (dated, but not offensive) racial terminology in a few of the poems. They understand that poems written in 1922 will use the correct vocabulary of their time.
"Man must say farewells to parents now, and to William Tell and Mrs. Cow."
[This message has been edited by Jon (edited 06-29-2011).]