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William Alwyn Archive

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Aircraft recognition
Music for the documentary film, produced by Army Kinematograph Service, 1940 (see BFI database)
Cues : Titles -- Aircraft recognition (Quiz) -- Play out.
Archive has autograph pencil sketches. MS.Alwyn.1.1.5
 

Architects of England
Music for the documentary film, directed by John Eldridge, produced by Donald Taylor of the Strand Film Company for the British Council, 1941 (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.22211
To view film go to the British Council website.
Cues : Titles and opening sequence -- Cathedrals -- Timbered cottages -- Landscapes & Tudor mansions -- Classical architecture -- 18th century -- Landscape settings beginning with gates opening -- Industrial revolution -- Gothic revival -- Modern architecture -- Final section including end titles.
Archive has autograph score in ink with pencilled amendments, signed and dated. MS.Alwyn.1.1.16
 

The big city
Music for the documentary film, directed by Ralph Bond, produced by the Strand Film Company for the Ministry of Information, 1940 (see BFI database)
Location of manuscript unknown.
 

British architecture see Architects of England
 

Harvest see Three songs with words by Trevor Blakemore
 

Illumination see Three songs with words by Trevor Blakemore
 

It comes from coal
Music for the documentary film, directed by Paul Fletcher, produced by Realist Films for the Gas Council, 1940 (see BFI database)
Location of manuscript unknown.
 

Music for cathedrals see Architects of England
 

The New Britain
Music for the documentary film, directed by Ralph Keene, produced by Strand Films, 1940 (see BFI database)
Instrumentation : 1110.2100.perc.strings
Available on DVD, on the Imperial War Museum's Words for battle : writers at war, see IWM, also on Panamint Cinema's We forgot about Germany.
Archive has autograph pencil sketches on leaf eight of the score for Playtime. MS.Alwyn.1.1.92 and autograph score in ink with pencilled amendments MS.Alwyn.1.1.69
 

Nocturne see Three songs with words by Trevor Blakemore
 

Overture to a masque
Orchestration : 2222.4231.timp.perc.xyl.hp.str(76452)
Overture to a masque was originally intended to be premiered in the Promenade Concert season of 1940, the first performance was cancelled when the Proms season was cut short due to air-raids. It was finally premiered 65 years later in St. Giles' Church, Northampton on the 12th November 2005.
Recordings : Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox on William Alwyn Symphony no. 2. CHAN 9093. Recorded in St. Jude's Church, Central Square, London, 23-24th March 1992. For further details see Chandos
This recording was also included on the later compilation disc featuring Alwyn's piano concertos, CHAN 9935. For further details see Chandos
Also recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, Naxos 8.570704. Recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on the 19th, 20th and 22nd January, 2006. For further details see Naxos
Archive has autograph manuscript piano score in ink with pencilled annotations. Signed and dated at end “October 1938”. MS.Alwyn.1.2.26
Also autograph manuscript full score in ink with corrections in blue pencil and conductor's markings [in the hand of Henry Wood?] in red pencil. Signed and dated at end "London, May 1st, 1940". MS.Alwyn.1.2.27
 

Piece for piano
Dedication : For Angela Latham.
Archive has autograph manuscript score in ink. Signed and dated "London October 1940". MS.Alwyn.1.3P.47.
 

Religion and the people
Music for the documentary film, directed by Andrew Buchanan, produced by British Films for the Ministry of Information, 1940 (see BFI database)
Instrumentation : For trumpet and string orchestra
Archive has no manuscript by the above name, but it does have Religious tolerance, which is almost certainly the same thing. Autograph manuscript score in ink, unsigned, undated. Also cello part only in copyist's hand in ink with cue numbers in red pencil. MS.Alwyn.1.1.100-101
 

Salute to farmers
Music for the documentary film, directed by Montgomery Tully, produced by Merton Park for Cadbury, 1941 (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1120.2110.timp.perc.strings.
Cues (Score) : Titles & section I -- 2 Gyro-tiller & corn-fields -- 3 Land girls -- 4 Dairy farm -- 5 Vegetables & fruit -- 6 Final section. (From boys picking fruit)
Cues (Sketches) : Titles -- 2 Gyro-tiller -- Corn-fields -- 3 Land girls -- Elevator -- Machines with corn -- Dairy farm -- Vegetables -- 6 Boys picking fruit -- Churchill.
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil, signed, and autograph score in ink, signed and dated. Also includes 1st horn part in copyist's hand. Additional leaves with the sketches include a music cue sheet, in ink, with details of timings and film lengths, and a rough copy, in pencil, of the cue sheet.
MS.Alwyn.1.1.107 (Sketches) MS.Alwyn.1.1.108 (Score)
 

Three songs with words by Trevor Blakemore
For voice and piano
Dedication : "To Peter Latham"
I. Nocturne -- II. Illumination -- III. Harvest
Recordings : Recorded on Alwyn Chamber music and songs by Jeremy Huw Williams and Iain Burnside, Naxos 8.570340. Recorded at Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk on the 10th-11th October, 2006. For further details see Naxos
Archive has manuscript score in ink, signed and dated "london April 1940". MS.Alwyn.1.4.49
 

Sonatina for viola and piano see Sonatina for viola and piano, 1944
 

S.O.S.
Music for the documentary film about the work of the RNLI in Mousehole, Cornwall, directed by John Eldridge, produced by John Eldridge and Martin Curtis for TIDA (The Travel and Industrial Development Association), 1940 (see BFI database). To view the film see the British Council website.
Instrumentation : 1111.2100.perc.22211
Cues : Section 1. Titles ; Longship lighthouse ; Fishing boat ; They climb harbour steps ; They talk together ; Coastguard ; Lifeboat crew on way to station ; Lifeboat ; Crew in lifeboat house --
Section 2. Inspector's car ; Lifeboat launch ; Winch ; R.N.L.I. Elstree -- Section 3. Paddington ; Train leaves ; Mousehole ; Mechanic ; Lifeboat launch ; Mousehole.
Archive has no manuscript by the above name, but it does have Lifeboat film, which is almost certainly the same thing. Autograph manuscript score in ink with annotations in pencil. MS.Alwyn.1.1.167
 

Twelve studies for piano
Archive has rough sketches of the unpublished work. Also includes a brief sketch for an unidentified work for flute, oboe and bassoon. Principally autograph in pencil, part autograph in ink with amendments in coloured pencil.
Also includes lyrics of a Christmas poem, in Alwyn's hand and presumably written by him at the top of the front cover.
Contents : Slug. Semplice ; Trio -- Andante (piangevole) -- "Hands together". Chords -- Study. Epilogue. Uneven divisions -- Giocoso -- Moderato -- Allegretto -- [sketch of unidentified work for flute, oboe & bassoon] -- [further, possibly unrelated, piano sketches]
MS.Alwyn.1.3P.75
 

Wealth from coal see It comes from coal