William Walond (born Oxford, baptized 16 July 1719 – died Oxford, buried 21 August 1768) was an English composer and organist.
After four years as Assistant Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Walond graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1757. His setting of Alexander Pope's "Ode on St Cecilia's Day" had served as his exercise.
He published two sets of voluntaries for the organ or harpsichord (op. 1, c. 1752 and op. 2, 1758) and the anthem "Not unto us, O Lord."
Of his fourteen children, his eldest son William Walond Jr. (c. 1750-1836) became the last 'Organist' of Chichester Cathedral, before the post was merged with 'Master of the Choristers' in 1801.
Many of the "voluntaries" of this period have similarities between them, but these by Walond are particularly attractive.
The first one in E minor is a "Cornet Voluntary" which begins with a short prelude played upon the "diapasons," followed by a more extended "solo" using the Choir cornet. There is also an "echo" solo voice within this section.
I don't usually equate the Salisbury Willis with the "best" sounds for these pieces, so, I thought I would experiment to see if I could get good results as well as some variety.
The opening "prelude" is played using the Swell Diapasons 8'. The "solo" is played using the composite Cornet of the Choir (there are 2 8' Flutes and 2 4' Flutes on the Choir here, so, this can make more variety, although only slightly). The "echo" is played on the Swell flutes 8' and 4' with the 2' Super Octave and III rank Mixture. The "bass" is played upon the Second Diapason 8' of the Great.
All-in-all, the result is quite good.
All of these voluntaries were edited by Gordon Phillips (1908-1991).
I was not able to find an image of William Walond, but I did attach a photo of the interior of the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where Walond was assistant organist.
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