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William Walton: 'The Twelve', anthem to words by W. H. Auden

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MS. Mus. c. 402

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iii + 33 pages.

Autograph fair copy of the organ version, made for Oxford University Press, who published it in 1966. Before p. 22 is an exchange of notes with CM [Christopher Morris], showing that the manuscript was sent in at least two sections.

The work was composed for the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and first performed on Sunday 16 May 1965, conducted by Sydney Watson, with Robert Bottone (organ). An arrangement with orchestra was first performed in Westminster Abbey on 2 Jan 1966.


  • Creation: [1965?]


36 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. Mus. c. 402

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16687


William Walton's 'The Twelve: anthem for the feast of any apostle', to words by W. H. Auden, [1965?]

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Walton (1902-1983) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the composer through Dr Henry Chadwick, Dean of Christ Church, 1975-1978.


  • Stewart R. Craggs, William Walton: a catalogue, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 1990), C77.
  • Stewart R. Craggs, William Walton: a source book (Aldershot, 1993), pp. 235-6.

Physical Facet

In pencil, on Italian paper, 16 staves to a page.

William Walton's anthem 'The Twelve' to words by W. H. Auden
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom