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William Alwyn Archive

1926-27 - click on Musical works to navigate around Alwyn's music


1926

Blackdown : a tone poem from the Surrey Hills : for full orchestra
Orchestration : 2+picc.2+ca.22/4231/timp/hp/str+solo violin
Dedication "To Peter", i.e. Olive Alwyn
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, dated "London March 9, 1926."
Includes conductor's markings in blue pencil. MS/Alwyn/1/2/4
Reviews of the premiere MS/Alwyn/1/8/51/1-2.
 

Cuckoo ball : for piano
Dedication "To Pete"
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, dated "London, January 19, 1926"
MS/Alwyn/1/3P/14
 

Fancy free : for piano
1. Snowdrops -- 2. Twilight -- 3. Happy-go-lucky.
Dedication "To Peter"
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1927. Oxford piano series ; no. 106.
The published edition included Sunday morning, which had originally been part of an untitled set composed in 1923.
Published contents : 1. Sunday morning -- 2. Snowdrops -- 3. Twilight -- 4. Happy-go-lucky
Fancy free including "Sunday morning" was recorded by Ashley Wass on William Alwyn piano music 1. Naxos 8.570359. Recorded at Crear, Lochgilphead, Argyll on 1st July, 2007. For further details see Naxos
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, dated 2nd-8th February 1926.
MS/Alwyn/1/3P/18
 

Little string quartet (String quartet no. 4 (first sequence), C major)
Score lost
Archive has viola part only, holograph in ink.
MS/Alwyn/1/3S/18
 

Peter May : Her booke of aires most quaintly done for the spirit : for piano
1. Lullaby : her sleepe -- 2. Minuet : her dance -- 3. Air : her sadness -- 4. Jig : her joye
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, dated 31st January - 5th June 1926.
Also includes 2 limericks set to music for voice and piano. 1. In old Madrid -- 2. Poor Peter.
MS/Alwyn/1/3P/45
 

Untitled piano pieces
Allegro con grazia -- Adagio -- Allegro giocoso
Dedicated "To Peter"
Archive has manuscript score, holograph principally in ink, 2nd movement is in pencil.
Dated "London, June 26, 1926"
MS/Alwyn/1/3P/77
1927

Bed-time
(For unison children's voices, words by Alec M. Smith
Published : London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1927. Choruses for equal voices ; no. 1710
Location of manuscript unknown
 

Duma : song for [baritone], flute and piano
Words by Marjorie Pickthall
Voice is unspecified but is written in baritone register. The dedicatee, George Parker, was a bass-baritone
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink. MS/Alwyn/1/4/4
 

Eagle's whistle : arrangement of an Irish folk tune for voice and piano
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink with later additions in biro.
MS/Alwyn/1/4/5.
Cambridge University Library also has another manuscript copy (in a copyist's hand?) in the Hedli Anderson collection, see MS.Add.8959.5
 

My garden
For unison children's voices, words by Alec M. Smith
Published : London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1927. Choruses for equal voices ; no. 1708
Location of manuscript unknown
 

Odd moments : suite for piano
1. All Forlorn -- 2. Chattering -- 3. Light-foot -- 4. On the Heath
Published : London : Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 1932. A more recent edition, also published by the Associated Board can be found in Easier piano pieces, series no. 46, 1985
All forlorn was recorded by Ilona Prunyi in Piano music for students : Associated Board Piano Examinations : Grades 1-4 (1995), Marco Polo AB-80102
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in pencil, dated "London, 21 June 1927", also includes some pencilled notes not in Alwyn's hand. MS/Alwyn/1/3P/41.
Archive also has a review of Chattering, MS/Alwyn/1/8/93
 

On Milton Hill : for piano (and flute?)
Dedicated "To Peter - a poem for pianoforte"
Archive has manuscript piano part, holograph in ink, and flute part, holograph in ink - the piano part appears to be complete in itself, the flute part was presumably added shortly afterwards.
Dated "London, June 1, 1927."
MS/Alwyn/1/3F/4-5
 

Peter in the park : for piano
1. A game of ball -- 2. Squirrels -- 3. The old tree -- 4. By the lake
Archive has manuscript, holograph in ink. Dated "London, May 29, 1926.”
MS/Alwyn/1/3P/44
 

Three pieces for string quartet
1. Bhairvi—Song of Renunciation -- 2. Snake Charmer -- 3. Nautch Dance
Dedication "To Peter-May", i.e. Olive Alwyn
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, first movement only.
Dated "March 27, 1927."
MS/Alwyn/1/3S/6
 

Five preludes for full orchestra
Orchestration : 2+picc.2+ca.22/4231/timp/hp.cel/str.
Dedication "To my dear Peter"
First performance : London : Queen's Hall, Henry Wood symphony orchestra, conducted by Sir Henry Wood
Recorded by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones on Alwyn : Orchestral music, Naxos 8.570704. Recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 19th-22nd July 2006. For further details see Naxos
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink, with annotations in blue pencil in Sir Henry Wood's hand. MS/Alwyn/1/2/40
Archive also has reviews and programmes MS/Alwyn/1/8/101/1-2
 

Quartets, strings, A minor
(String quartet no. 5, first sequence)
Lost - nothing further is known about this work
 

Quartets, strings, E minor
Dedication "To John B. McEwen"
Archive has manuscript score, holograph in ink. Dated "London, October 2, 1927".
Parts in copyist's hand in ink.
MS/Alwyn/1/3S/19-20.
 

Teddy and me
For unison children's voices, words by Alec M. Smith
Published : London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1927. Choruses for equal voices ; no. 1709
Location of manuscript unknown