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William Alwyn Archive

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Animals looking at you - see The zoo and you
 

Behind the scenes [at the zoo]
Music for the documentary film, produced by Stuart Legg, directed by Evelyn Spice. This was part of series 1 of the documentary film series "The animal kingdom", produced by Strand Films in 1937-1938. Ssee BFI database
Manuscript has not been located. Title music was probably identical to that used for earlier episodes in the series. See MS.Alwyn.1.1.7
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.2
 

Birth of the year : or, Spring at the zoo
Music for the documentary film directed by Evelyn Spice. This was part of series 2 of the documentary film series "The animal kingdom", produced by Strand Films in 1937-1938. See BFI database
For 1111.0000.str.
Cues : (Sketches) Bird display. Egret ; Peacock -- 1. Winter. Animals asleep ; Lion ; Country shots ; Cock crow? -- Zoo gates open -- Elephants etc. -- White mice -- Birds nesting -- 5. Play sequence. This is final sequence -- 3. Cocoon. Bursting to life -- 4. Young birds and animals. (Full score) 1. Opening sequence. Country shots ; Zoo gates open ; Elephants etc.; White mice -- 2. Birds nesting -- 2A. Bird display. Peacock -- 3. Cocoon bursting to life -- 4. Young birds & young animals -- 5. Play sequence & end titles.
Archive has autograph pencil sketches (first page is piano score thereafter rough sketches), and autograph bound ink full score with amendments in blue pencil. Signed but not dated. MS.Alwyn.1.1.10(Score)
Archive also has cue sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.3
 

Fingers and thumbs
Music for the documentary film directed by Evelyn Spice. Part of the Animal Kingdom series produced by Strand Films.. See BFI database
Location of manuscript unknown.
 

Harvest Home
Suite for piano
1. The Village Band -- 2. The Tinker’s Tune -- 3. Harvest Moon -- 4. The Church Bells Ring
Location of manuscript is unknown.
Published : York : Banks & Son, 1938.
Recorded by Ashley Wass on William Alwyn piano music 1. Naxos 8.570464. Recorded at St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, 23rd-25th August, 2006. For further details see Naxos
Archive has reviews of the work. MS.Alwyn.8.71.1-2.
 

Two Irish folk songs
Arranged for cello quartet
1. My love is dead -- 2. A wee bag
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.3S.46.
 

March of the little folk
Instrumentation unknown.
An arrangement by Alwyn of part of Nugae: 7 Bagatelles for String by John B. McEwen.
Location of manuscript unknown.
 

The marriage of Heaven and Hell
Cantata based on the work by William Blake.
For 3(picc)3(c.a.)3(b.cl.)3(contra).4331.3timp.perc.organ.harp.str. with quartet of soloists and chorus.
Written between 1933-1938
Archive has autograph score in ink and a further autograph score in ink, bound. At end of Part I is signature and date “London 1933-38, February 1938". MS.Alwyn.1.4.19-20.
 

Mites and monsters
Music for the documentary film directed by Donald Alexander. This was part of the documentary film series "The animal kingdom", produced by Strand Films in 1937-1938. See BFI database
Location of manuscript is unknown
Archive has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.77-78.
 

New worlds for old
A short advertising film. Produced by the Realist Film Unit, directed by Frank Sainsbury, and produced by Paul Rotha. Sponsored by the British Commercial Gas Association. See BFI database
Click Screenonline for further information and production stills.
For 1111/0210/timp.perc/vlc. Tenor and bass voices are used in Scientist sequence
Cues : Title music -- Scientist sequence -- a) Lift descending ; b) March rhythms -- Victorian sequence -- Closing sequence & Fanfares.
Archive has autograph full score with annotations in pencil. MS.Alwyn.1.1.70
 

Novelette
For string quartet
Published : Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1940. Oxford string quartet series.
Recorded by the Maggini Quartet on William Alwyn string quartets nos. 1-3 / Novelette. Naxos 8.570560. Recorded at Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, from 9th to 11th December, 2007. For further details see Naxos
Archive has rough sketches on the inside back and front covers of the sketches for the Pastoral Fantasia. Autograph in pencil in piano score format. No indications of instrumentation, no signature or date. See MS.Alwyn.1.2.28
 

Overture to a masque
For orchestra. 2222.4231.timp.perc.xyl.hp.str.(76452)
Recordings : On Alwyn. Symphony no. 2. Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox. Recorded in St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London on the 23rd-24th March 1992. For further details see Chandos. The same recording is also featured on Alwyn. Piano concertos nos. 1 & 2. See Chandos. The work has also been recorded by Naxos on Alwyn. Concerto grosso no. 1. Recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on the 19th, 20th and 22nd January 2006. See Naxos
Library has autograph piano score in ink or pencil. Signed and dated at end “October 1938” ; also autograph bound full score in ink. Title page has signature. Also signed and dated at end "London May 1st, 1940”. Includes corrections in pencil and conductor’s markings in red pencil
See MS.Alwyn.1.2.26 (Piano score, MS.Alwyn.1.2.27 (Score)
 

Panache
Music for a mime.
For piano (or voice and piano)
A miscellany of songs, mimes and sketches arranged by Helga Burgess. Revised with a new number, “Shut the Door, Please” by Alwyn.
Location of manuscript is unknown. Archive has reviews : MS.Alwyn.1.8.97.1-2 and MS.Alwyn.1.8.116.1-3
 

Rhapsody
For violin, viola, cello and piano.
Dedication : To the London Piano Quartet.
Published : Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1942 ; London : Lengnick, 1985.
Recordings : Recorded by The Holywell Ensemble on An English Rhapsody, British Music Label BML 010. Recorded in the Silk Hall, Radley College on the 25th-26th August 1994. See English Rhapsody
Also recorded by members of the Quartet of London and David Willison, on Chandos ABRD 1153 [stereo] and ABTD 1153 (LP and cassette) and CHAN 8440 (cd). Recorded in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk on the 2-3 March 1985. See Chandos
Also recorded by the Primrose Piano Quartet, Meridian CDE-84547. Recorded in 2006. See Meridian
Also recorded by Madeleine Mitchell, Roger Chase, Lucy Wilding, and Andrew Ball, Naxos 8.570340. Recorded at Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk on the 17-18 August 2006. See Naxos
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed and dated "London March 1938." Was originally titled "Rhapsodie movement". MS.Alwyn.1.3S.8.
Archive also has reviews. MS.Alwyn.1.8.35, MS.Alwyn.1.8.114.1-6.
 

The zoo and you
Working title was Animals looking at you
Documentary short. Part of series 1 of the Animal Kingdom series, produced by Strand Films, directed by Ruby Grierson. See BFI database.
This is almost certainly the same work as Zoo comedy from which all information is derived.
For 1011.0210.perc.str.
Cues : Opening sequence -- Lunch sequence -- Pets' corner -- Lullaby (Hushaby baby) -- Rain sequence -- People looking -- Penguins -- Rain 2 and final sequence.
Archive has autograph score in ink with red ink and coloured pencil annnotations. MS.Alwyn.1.1.14
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.148-149.
 

Zoo comedy - see The zoo and you