(1905 - 1942)
Walter Leigh was an English composer. Leigh is most famous for his Concertino for harpsichord and string orchestra, written in 1934. Other famous works include the overture Agincourt and The Frogs of Aristophanes for chorus and orchestra. He wrote music for documentary films and there is an unfinished sketch for a symphony. His first teacher was Harold Darke, with whom he worked from the age of eight until he was seventeen. He went to Christ's College, Cambridge graduating in 1926. For two years thereafter, he studied composition under Paul Hindemith. In 1930, Leigh declined a teaching job and set about earning a living by accepting small commissions and becoming increasingly involved with the theatre. He composed an elaborate score for Basil Wright's documentary film The Song of Ceylon and the concert overture Agincourt, commissioned by the BBC in celebration of King George V's Silver Jubilee. The Harpsichord Concertino is one of a number of chamber works of the period: an elegant and concise work, more French than German in its spare-noted neo-classicism, the keyboard writing showing signs of Ravel's influence.
Composition timpani and percussion requirements
Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, clash cymbals, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, ratchet, glockenspiel, tambourine, castanets, cowbell
The Pride of the Regiment
No Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, triangle, glockenspiel, tubular bells, tambourine, castanets