[London]: Oxford University Press, 1942. Octavo. Original publisher's decorative ivory wrappers printed in black and light green. 68 pp. Table of contents and list of instruments to verso of upper wrapper; publisher's catalog of Walton's works to verso of lower.
Wrappers slightly worn; corners with very minor loss; some loss to spine. Outer corners slightly creased.
First Edition. OCLC no. 5201955.
"Walton's orchestrations of J.S. Bach's The Wise Virgins were commissioned by the Vic-Wells Ballet, as it was then called, in 1940. Frederick Ashton had set himself the wartime task of reading the entire Bible, and conceived the idea of choreographing the parable of the wise and foolish virgins from Matthew XXV. Constant Lambert selected eight appropriate numbers from Bach's Cantatas and Chorale Preludes, most of which were available in existing piano transcriptions, and Walton was invited to orchestrate them. The ballet was first performed under Lambert at Sadler's Wells Theatre on 24th April 1940 with impressive designs by Rex Whistler, and with Margot Fonteyn as the Bride and Michael Somes as the Bridegroom; it achieved a solid success. Although Walton uses a full symphony orchestra, his arrangements are notable for their imagination and avoidance of vulgarity." Hugh Priory online. Item #26758
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