Jul 24, 2013

I942, William Walton was asked to compose music for a movie, The First of the Few, which depicted the flyers in the British Air Force during World War II.

A vintage "Spitfire" aircraft.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

As we hear the music in concert, the average listener, unaware of its origin, may find the title of the music a bit puzzling: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, in honor, of course of the Spitfire fighter plane use so successfully during the war.