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William Alwyn Archive

1941 - click on Musical works to navigate around Alwyn's music


 

Bells
Song for voice and piano
Words by Trevor Blakemore
Unpublished
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed and dated.
 

Border weave see Western Isles
 

British architecture see Architects of England, 1940
 

Courageous Mr. Penn see Penn of Pennsylvania
 

English inn
Music for the documentary film, directed by Muriel Baker, and produced by James Carr for Verity Films, 1941(see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.22111
Cues : Section 1. Titles ; Visuals ; Modern inns -- Section 2. "Inns started in England with the monasteries" ; "Today you will find bicycles & cars" ; "The advent of the railway" ; "English waterways" -- Section 3. Architecture sequence -- Section 4. Inn signs -- Section 5 ; "Jazz this, Jimmy!" -- Section 6. Final section.
Archive has autograph score in ink with pencilled amendments, signed and dated. MS.Alwyn.1.1.33
 

Footsteps in the night see Night watch
 

Green belt see Green girdle
 

Green girdle
Music for the documentary film, directed by Ralph Keene, produced by the Strand Film Company, 1941 (see BFI database). Composer credited on the film is Richard Addinsell, but it is Alwyn's score on the soundtrack. To see the film go to the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.strings.
Recordings : Film suite as arranged by Philip Lane, recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba, Chandos CHAN 9959. Recorded in New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 28-29 June, 2001. See Chandos
Archive has autograph score in ink with pencilled amendments, signed and dated. MS.Alwyn.1.1.43
 

H.M. Minelayer see H.M.S. Minelayer
 

H.M.S. Minelayer
Music for the documentary film, directed by Henry Cass, produced by Sydney Box and Verity Films for the Ministry of Information and the Admiralty, 1941 (see BFI database.)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.strings.
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed and dated. MS.Alwyn.1.1.48
 

Harris Tweed see Western Isles
 

Living with strangers
Music for the documentary film, directed by Frank Sainsbury, produced by John Taylor for Realist Films on behalf of the Ministries of Information and Health, 1941 (see BFI and Imperial War Museum databases.)
For flute and piano.
A set of variations on Handel's The harmonious blacksmith
Available on DVD, on the Imperial War Museum's Women and children at war, see IWM
Location of score unknown, the National Archives at Kew have a film production file (INF 6/448) which includes a music cue sheet.
 

Music for cathedrals see Architects of England, 1940
 

Night watch
Music for the semi-documentary film, (working title Footsteps in the night Starring Anne Firth and Cyril Chamberlain, and directed by Donald Taylor, produced by Strand Film Company, 1941 (see BFI and Imperial War Museum databases)
Instrumentation : For guitar, trumpet, solo violin and strings
Cues : 1. Titles and opening sequence -- Finishing on embrace outside cinema -- 2. "Goodnight Sally" & end titles -- Door closes -- Bill is left standing in doorway, gunfire -- "Goodnight, mate" -- Warden walks to close-up.
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil, and autograph score in ink, signed.
MS.Alwyn.1.1.72 (Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.1.73 (Score)
 

Penn of Pennsylvania
Music for the feature film directed by Lance Comfort and produced by Richard Vernon for British National Films, starring Clifford Evans and Deborah Kerr, 1941 (see BFI database
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 21(ca)21.2330.timp.perc.spinet.hp.33221
Cues : Title music -- Insert for title music -- 1M1 London roofs -- 1M2 Banquet scene -- 1M3 Tavern music -- 2M2 Market place -- 2M3 "Let's find somewhere quiet" -- 2M4 Penn leaves Bindle -- 3M1 L.S. of house & Penn arriving at door -- 3M2 Love scene -- 4M1 Newgate (a) -- 4M2 Newgate (b), Fanfare for coat of arms -- 6M1 Fanfare for scroll -- 6M1A Prison exterior -- 6M2 Juli plays spinet -- 6M3 -- 6M4 Waiting for Balz -- 6M5 Persecution montage -- 6M6 Juli "America is a new world" -- 7M1a Charles & the artist -- 7M1b "Why not Pennsylvania" -- 8M1 Fanfare to precede Court -- 8M2 Juli packing, Harbour, Arlington, Charles & Lady C, Messenger -- 9M1 Voyage to America -- 9M2 Montage showing growth of Pennsylvania -- 9M3 Juli has heart attack! -- 10M1 Stars -- 10M2 Woods & peace pow-wow -- 10M3 Ship at sea & disembarkation -- 11M1 Juli dies -- 11M2 Montage "Sail with the tide" & narrative title -- 11M3 Penn dies -- Final music.
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed, with pencil amendments
Recordings : Film suite as arranged by Philip Lane, recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba, Chandos CHAN 10349. Recorded in Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 5-6 January, 2005. See Chandos
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.88
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.94.
 

Playtime
Music for the documentary film, directed by S. Raymond Elton for Raylton Productions, 1941. A note on the cover suggests that it was sponsored by the British Council (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.str.
Cues : Titles & section I. (School cloak room) ; (Bell rings) -- Section 2. Fishing expedition ; (Splash) ; (Mother) -- 3. Nurses & cradle -- 4. Meccano -- 6. Guy Fawkes -- 5. Apples & haystack ; (Farmer) -- 7a. Emperor concerto -- 7b. Awakening -- 8. Final section.
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed. Manuscript features pencil sketches of a child on a roundabout on the front cover, by the composer. Carousel figures include a horse, and Mother Goose.MS.Alwyn.1.1.93
 

Queen cotton
Music for the documentary film, directed by Cecil Musk, produced by Merton Park, 1941 (see BFI database. To view the film see the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1120.2110.perc.harp.strings.
Cues (Score) : Title music -- 1. Landscapes -- 2. Weaving -- 3. Printing machines -- 4. Fashion parade.
Cues (Sketches) : Printing machines -- Titles -- Machines for weaving -- Patterns -- 2. Landscapes -- Fashion parade -- Soldiers -- Printing machines -- Patterns -- Floor show -- Marching feet.
Archive has autograph sketches in ink and pencil, and autograph score in ink with pencil amendments, signed and dated. Pencilled notes list cues, film lengths, and timings.
MS.Alwyn.1.1.95 (Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.1.96 (Score)
Archive also has PRS cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.99
 

Salute to farmers see Salute to farmers, 1940
 

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

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

Steel goes to sea
Music for the documentary film, directed by John E. Lewis, produced by Merton Park for the British Council, 1941 (see BFI database). To view the film go to the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.str.
Cues : Titles & opening sequence -- Extra. Ship yard to follow opening sequence -- 2. Night sequence -- 3. Fitting sequence -- 4. Launch & final sequence.
Available on DVD, on the Imperial War Museum's Shipyards and docks at war, see IWM
Archive has autograph score in ink, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.124
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.120
 

Suite for viola and piano see Short suite for viola and piano
 

Trinity House
Music for the documentary film, directed by John Eldridge, produced by Merton Park for the British Council, 1942 (see BFI database). To view the film see the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.str.
Cues : I. Titles & opening sequence. Seagull swoop ; Convoy at lighthouse -- Section 2. Boat leaves cove ; Seagull ; Bows of ship ; Bill takes charge of convoy ; Night -- Section 3. Lighthouse keeper. Passing shot along cliffs ; Keeper & child ; He walks to ship ; Ship leaves for lighthouse -- Section 4. Lantern revolving.
Archive has autograph score in ink with amendments in blue pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.143
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.130-131
 

Western Isles
Music for the documentary film, directed by Terry Bishop, produced by Merton Park for the British Council, 1942 (see BFI database)
To see the film go to the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.22111.
Cues : Titles -- 1. Opening scene -- 2. Harris tweed to cottage -- 3. Malcolm at sea -- 4. Tweed making scenes -- 5. Kitty looking out to sea -- 6. Malcolm walks up the hill -- 7. Final sequence.
Archive has autograph score in ink with amendments in pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.151
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.139
 

Winter on the farm
The first in a series of films about life on a farm - see Crown of the year, Spring on the farm, and Summer on the farm, all 1943
Music for the documentary film directed by Ralph Keene, produced by Edgar Anstey for Greenpark Productions on behalf of the Ministries of Information and Agriculture, 1941 (see BFI database)
For a film clip see here
Available on DVD, on Panamint Productions The crown of the year, catalogue no. PDC2006. See Panamint
For flute, oboe, viola, cello and harp..
Cues : 1. Titles & opening sequence -- 2. Farmer's morning round -- 3. Play out of scene -- 4. Christmas scene -- 5. Final section.
Archive has autograph score in ink with amendments in pencil, also parts in copyist's hand in ink with amendments in red pencil MS.Alwyn.1.1.158-159
Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.144
 

W.V.S.
Music for the documentary film, directed by Louise Birt, produced by Sydney Box and James Carr for Verity Films, 1942 (see BFI and Imperial War Museum databases)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1110.2100.timp.perc.hp.21111.
Cues : 1. Title music -- 2. Children -- 3. Lifeboat to end.
Available on DVD, on the Imperial War Museum's Women and children at war, see IWM
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil, and score in ink, initialled. MS.Alwyn.1.1.160 (Sketches) and MS.Alwyn.1.1.118 (Score)