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Accident service
Music for the documentary film directed by A. Reginald Dobson, produced by Gaumont-British Instructional for the British Council, 1945. To view the film see the British Council website. They live again is a shortened version of the original Accident service.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 1110/2100/perc/str.
Cues: 1M1 Titles & opening sequence -- 1M2 (1M1 continued) Diagram to hospital -- 1M2 From patient on trolley being taken to ward -- 1M3 First time up -- 2M1 Ball game to billiard room -- [2M2 see cover of "Spirit of 76." Piano track] -- 2M3 From l.s. gym -- 2M4 Spine case doing exercises -- 2M5 Swimming bath -- 2M6 Final section (pit entrance)
Archive has holograph score in pencil. The cover of Spirit of '76 also has the piano track of scene 2M2 from Accident service. MS.Alwyn.1.1.2 (Score), MS.Alwyn.1.6.15 (Piano track 2M2)
Armagh : City set on a hill
Music for the radio drama produced by Louis MacNeice, written by W.R. Rodgers and starring Denis Johnston and Cyril Cusack. First broadcast 15th November 1945.
For flute, percussion,harp,violin,tenor and chorus
Cues: Titles: 1. ‘I will lift mine eyes unto the hills’, 1A. Children singing, 2. Ballad of Armagh, 3. (for flute), 4. (for flute), 5. ‘For the new goes up’, 6. (repeat of part of No. 4), 7. ‘Though ye’, 8. Funeral march, 9. (flute), 10. Priest intoning ‘I am the Resurrection’, 11. ‘And whosoever liveth’, 12. Allegro (TTBB and percussion), 13. and 14. (flute), 15. (percussion), 16. (no marking), 17. (tenor and harp), 18. monks ‘O God have mercy upon us’, 19. (flute and harp), 20. Children ‘See now’, 21. (violin), 22. Wesley hymn ‘Richmond’, 23. (flute—repeat of No. 4), 24. (percussion), 25. (one verse of No. 22), 26. (flute—repeat of No. 14), 27. (flute—repeat of No. 3), 28. Children ‘See now’ (repeat), 29. (tenor—one verse of No. 21), 30. (flute), 31. Monks.
Recording at the BBC Sound Archive 14333.
Archive has sketches of the opening titles, holograph in ink MS.Alwyn.1.3P.6, and a further set of more complete sketches MS.Alwyn.1.6.5. The BBC Music Library has the full score Ms.20158.
Atlantic flight
Music for the radio feature produced by Leonard Cottrell. First broadcast 23rd November 1945.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 2+picc121/2200/timp/perc/str.
Cues: 1. Intro -- 2 ; O, there you are, Mr. Listener -- 3 -- 4. Music bridge to door opening -- 5. Music bridge to loud speak -- 6 -- 2 -- 8. Labrador -- 8 & 9A -- 4 -- 8. Labrador & 10A -- 11 -- 12. St. Lawrence 13 ; There's a ship down there look -- 14 -- 15 -- 16 -- 17, 18 & 19 -- 20 -- 21 ; Montreal at night ; Lighted streets ; The city is alive! ; French girls ; Into airfield.
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil MS.Alwyn.1.6.9
BBC Music Library has full score MS.20166
Britain's our doorstep
Music for the radio documentary series produced and written by Leonard Cottrell. Consists of three episodes: 1. England to Gibraltar : a radio reconstruction of a flight to Rome with Transport Command, R.A.F. -- 2. Gibraltar to Tunis -- 3. Sicily, Naples and Rome.
For chamber orchestra. 1(picc)1(ca)33sax1/2320/timp/perc/piano/str.
Manuscripts are at the BBC Music Library MS.20043 and Ms.20044
Cherry tree carol
Arrangement for voice and harp of an English folk tune for a BBC radio feature.
Archive has holograph score in pencil MS.Alwyn.1.6.22.
BBC Music Library has manuscript score Ms.21744.
City set on a hill see Armagh
Country town
Music for the documentary film directed by Julian Wintle, produced by Max Munden and Verity Films for the British Council, 1945, see BFI database.
To view film go to the British Council website.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 1110/2100/perc/str.
Cues (Sketches) : 1. Market ; Stops as editor starts talking -- 2 -- 3. Harvester ; Windmill ; Traffic buzzes ; Stall market ; Traffic -- 4. Seeds -- 5 -- 6. Pond ; Children on swings ; Night bridge ; Ext. cinema -- 7b. Bowling -- (a) Ice ; H.G. in field ; Marching.
Cues (Score) : Section 1 ; Market -- Section 2 -- Section 3. Harvester & windmill ; Boy telephoning ; Stall market ; Traffic -- Section 4 -- Section 5 -- Section 6. Pond ; Children on swings ; Night shot of bridge ; Ex. cinema -- Section 7. Ice rink ; Bowling ; Marching feet.
Archive has holograph score (MS.Alwyn.1.1.30) and sketches (MS.Alwyn.1.1.29) in pencil.
Ex-Corporal Wilf
Music for the sixteen-part radio series directed by D.G. Bridson, written by Jack Hargreaves. Music written or arranged by William Alwyn for flute and percussion.
Location of manuscript unknown.
French town
Music for the documentary film directed by Alexander Shaw, produced by John Taylor of the Realist Film Unit for the Ministry of Information and the US Office of War Information, 1945. Commentary by Cedric Hardwicke, see BFI database.
For 2 trumpets, percussion, timpani and strings.
Cues: Music I ; Joan of Arc ; Town L.S. & landscapes ; Town itself ; Boys at school ; Ferry -- 2. From telephone wires ; Police ; Street repairs ; Water -- 3. For factory -- 4 ; Basket ball ; Joan of Arc.
Archive has holograph sketches (MS.Alwyn.1.1.38) and score (MS.Alwyn.1.1.169) in pencil.
London victorious
Music for the radio feature, written and produced by Louis Macneice.
For 2 horns, percussion and tenor. Most of the music is an arrangement of the folk song Oranges and lemons.
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil MS.Alwyn.1.6.10
Our town see Country town
Plan and the people

Music for the documentary film, directed by Frank Sainbury, produced by John Taylor and the Realist Film Unit on behalf of the Ministry of Information, 1945, see BFI database.
Archive has sketches and score for an unidentified film entitled "Sainsbury film" - this is most likely for Plan and the people, all information re orchestration etc. is taken from these scores.
For horn, trumpet, piano and strings.
Cues: 1. Titles -- 2. Leaving the bus -- Bombed area -- 3. Walking through the streets & homecoming -- They greet their friends -- 4. Bedtime -- 6. Final section -- 5. Scenes of childhood.
Archive has holograph sketches and score in pencil, signed MS.Alwyn.1.1.90 (Sketches), and MS.Alwyn.1.1.91 (Score)
Prelude and fugue for piano formed on an Indian scale
Recorded by Ashley Wass on William Alwyn piano music, vol. 1. Naxos 8.570359. Recorded at St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol on the 23rd-25th August 2006. See Naxos
Archive has holograph score MS.Alwyn.1.3P.50. There is a further holograph score in ink at the Royal Academy of Music.
Rake's progress
Music for the feature film directed by Sidney Gilliat, produced by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat for Individual Pictures and Independent Producers, 1945. Starring Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. See BFI database.
Also released under the title Nototious gentleman
To see clips from the film see Screen Online
Cues : Themes [includes rake's and Rikki's themes] -- Titles -- 1M1 Titles -- 6M1 Montage -- 2M3 Martyrs' memorial -- 1M2 Bridge to explosion -- 2M5 Door slams -- 4M1 Ship to plantation -- 4M1A Calypso -- 4M2 From "I might actually work!" -- 6M2 Policeman and car -- 10M1 From "What did you say your name was?" -- 8M2 Vienna bar to wild party & next day -- 5M2 After coffee conference -- 9M1 Rex picks up telegram from Auntie -- 2M1 Oxford -- 12M4 -- 9M2 Rex attempts escape from hotel -- 9M3 Enter Rikki -- 11M1 Drive to Cornwall -- 13M1 The rake's downfall -- 14M1 Plate crashes -- 12M1 Rex says "Extraordinary" -- 12M2 Rikki walks out to sea -- 12M3 Rescue music -- 7M1 Divorce -- 14M1 Final section -- 8M1 After racing cars.
Recording: Calypso only / arr. by Christopher Palmer - recorded by London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox. Recorded on the Film Music of William Alwyn, vol. I. Recorded at All Saints Church, Tooting, London, 15-16 January, 1993. Chandos CHAN 9243. See Chandos
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil with some indications of instrumentation. MS.Alwyn.1.1.97. Archive also has cue sheet MS.Alwyn.1.14.101.
Soldier, sailor
Music for the semi-documentary film directed by Alexander Shaw, produced by John Taylor for the Realist Film Unit on behalf of the Ministry for Information, 1945. See BFI database.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 2(picc)121/2220/perc.timp/32221
Features a tune by Richard Addinsell I'm going to see you today, arr. by Alwyn
Cues : (Sketches) Titles -- 1M1. Main titles ; Models ; Tinker tailor ; Models -- 6M2. Final section (after Take a look at that, Mr. Mate) ; Steward ; C.U. David -- 1M2. On the beach ; Man falls ; Seamen pick him up ; They start walking again ; Night ; Walking ; Ted points & shouts ; Plane passes by ; Plane returning ; C.U. Ted & Al -- Cabaret -- 1M3. Cairo -- 1M4. Piano version of Bolero -- 1M5. Ship leaving Alexandria ; Wake ; Map ; Convoy -- 2M1. Banjo strumming -- 2M1 Long shot of convoy ; Engine room ; Entry in log book ; Night shot of convoy ; Wake ; L.S. Bari -- 2M2. Bari -- 3M1. Engine starts again -- 4M1. Alarm. Action stations ; Bridge ; Into New Zealanders -- 4M2. Stand-to ; Dialogue ; Pause of 14 secs for engine room ; Wake ; Dawn -- Battle music "A" -- Battle music "B" -- Bolero -- Battle music "B" cont. -- Battle music "C" -- Addinsell tune -- Titles -- Bari.
Cues : (Score) 1M1. Main titles to beach ; Models turning ; "Tinker tailor" ; Models turning ; Producers credit ; Admiralty sub-title ; Map ; Into beach sequence -- 1M2. On the beach ; Man falls ; They pick him up ; They start walking ; Night ; Walking ; Ted points & shouts ; Plane passes by ; Plane returning ; C.U. Ted & Al -- Overlap cabaret music -- 1M3. Cairo ; Bar interior -- 1M5. Ship leaves Alexandria ; "Wake" ; Maps ; Convoy -- "I'm going to see you today" / Addinsell. To frame dream sequences etc. & a slow version for Al's wound scenes -- Reel 5. Battle music "A" -- Reel 5. Battle music "B" -- Reel 5. Battle music "C" -- 2M1. Long shot of convoy ; Engine room ; Log book ; Convoy nightshift ; Wake ; Map ; L.S. Bari -- 2M2. Bari ; Wake ; Map ; Into dream sequence -- 3M1. Engine starts again -- 4M1. Alarm & action stations ; Bridge ; Into New Zealanders -- 4M2. Night stand-to ; Dialogue ; Pause of 14 secs for engine room ; Wake ; Dawn -- 6M2. Final section (after "Take a look at that, Mr. Mate") ; L.S. convoy ; Steward ; C.U. David.
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil MS.Alwyn.1.1.138, and holograph score, also in pencil, signed MS.Alwyn.1.1.139
Sonata alla toccata
For piano
For a clip see YouTube
Recorded on Alwyn piano music, vol. 1 by Ashley Wass. Recorded at St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol on the 23rd-25th August 2006. See Naxos
Also recorded on Alwyn Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 by Peter Donohoe. Recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk on the 21st May, 2004. Naxos 8.557590. See Naxos
And by Julian Milford on William Alwyn, Sonata alla Toccata at Potton Hall, Suffolk, 22-24 September, 1999. Chandos 9825. See Chandos
Premiere recording by Sheila Randell. Recorded at Burnham, 7th April 1959. William Alwyn. Mirages etc. Lyrita SRCD.293. See Lyrita
Published London : Alfred Lengnick, 1951.
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil, dated at end 1945. MS.Alwyn.1.3P.64, holograph score in ink, signed and dated at end London June 1946. MS.Alwyn.1.3P.65. Further rough pencil score, also dated 1946. MS.Alwyn.3P.66.
Spirit of '76
Music for the radio presentation produced and written by D.G. Bridson.
Principally arrangements of other music.
Instrumentation : 2(2picc).2(c.a.).2.1/4.2.3.0/timp/perc/xylo/strings and male voice choir.
Cues : Music 2. Paul Revere's ride -- Music 3. Alarm -- Music 5 -- Music 6 -- M7 --M8 -- M9 -- M.12 -- M.11 -- M.15 -- M.16 -- M. 17. Battle music & Yankee doodle -- M.1 -- Yankee doodle -- The star spangled banner -- British grenadiers -- Revere's ride.
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil, the cover includes the piano track for scene 2M2 of Accident service (see above). MS.Alwyn.1.6.15
Suite for oboe and harp
Dedicated to Sidonie and Leon Goossens.
1. Minuet -- 2. Valse miniature -- 3. Jig.
Recorded by Nicholas Daniel and Ieuan Jones in the Faculty of Music Concert Hall, West Road, Cambridge on the 19-23 August 1992. See Chandos
Published London : Alfred Lengnick, 2006.
Manuscript is in the British Library, AddMs 71947 with annotations on harp part in blue pencil.
Their finest hour, no. 5. The people of Britain
Music for the radio series produced and directed by Leonard Cotterell.
Instrumentation : 11+ca10/2100/timp/perc/str + accordion.
Manuscript is at the BBC Music Library Ms.20110.
They live again see Accident service
Threshold of the new
Music for the BBC radio broadcast. Broadcast 31 December, 1945 on the BBC Home Service.
Produced and written by Louis MacNeice. Music directed by Leslie Woodgate.
For SATB, TTBB, and orchestra. Principally arrangements of traditional music
John Ball’s Anthem (Prelude & Finale) -- Round for 17th century pub -- Plymouth Seamen -- "Highland laddie" -- Link A (Greet well, John Nameless) ; Link B (Look sharp you to union) ; Link C (Bid Piers Ploughman go to his work ; Link D (John Ball has rungen your bell) -- The Flowers of the Forest ; Lilliburlero
Archive has manuscript score, voice parts only. Holograph in pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.6.16
Tinker, tailor see Soldier, sailor
Today and tomorrow
Alternate / subsidiary title is "A story of the Middle East"
Music for the documentary film, directed by Robin Carruthers, produced by Ralph Bond and Worldwide pictures for the Ministry of Information, 1945. Commentary by Arthur Calder-Marshall. see BFI database.
For chamber orchestra. 2(picc)2(ca)21/2210/timp.perc/33221
Cues: 1M2 From 2nd map to end of pyramids -- 1M4 Children running towards water -- 1M5 Pan from water to long shot of canals -- 1M7 Plaintive song from the bare hills -- 2M1 4 Fanfares -- 2M2 Nile boats -- 3M1 Angus and the grain -- 3M2 and 4M1 Damascus convoys and aid to Russia -- 4M2 Peaceful Cairo -- 4M3 Locusts -- 5M1 Desolate landscape to schoolmaster -- 5M2 Palestine -- 6M1 Final section.
The Alwyn Archive has a manuscript score entitled MESC (Middle East Supply Centre) - this would appear to be the score for "Today and tomorrow".
Holograph in pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.140
Total war in Britain
Music for the documentary film, directed by Paul Rotha, produced by George A. Cooper for Films of Fact for the Ministry of Information, 1945. Commentary by John Mills. See BFI database.
For chamber orchestra. 2(picc)221/2220/timp.perc/32221
Cues: 1M1. Main titles -- 1M2. From cliffs of Dover -- 1M3A. Chord over crowd into isotype -- 1M3B. Chord out of isotype into crowd short & munitions -- 2M1. Sacrifice music (from mother & baby) -- 2M2. Out of isotype -- 2M3. Island fortress sequence -- 2M4. D-Day to end.
Holograph in pencil
MS.Alwyn.1.1.141
The true glory
Music for the Academy Award winning documentary film, the official film of the European campaign from D-Day to the fall of Berlin. Featuring the work of combat cameramen from nine different countries, the film was directed by Carol Reed and Garson Kanin for the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, 1945. See BFI database.
For a clip see YouTube
For orchestra. 2(2picc)2(ca)22/4331/timp.perc/str.
Cues: (Sketches) 1M1. Into Eisenhower -- 1M2. Main titles -- 1M3. Hop to production -- 1M4. Production sequence -- 1M5. Battle of Atlantic. Merchant navy officer ; Periscope ; Survivor ; Like a seagull fluttering down ; Derby House -- 1M7. American in Britain -- 2M1. Hop for planning -- 2M2. Invasion plans ; Lancaster pilot "We kept bashing away" ; WAAF officer ; British ; Wren rating ; Scottish foreman ; Admiralty ; Wire netting ; American staff officer ; "The date was set" ; Eisenhower ; Planes taking off ; Into plane engines -- 3M1. Hop -- 3M2. Move south ; Troops going abroad -- 3M3. Cue "And there we stayed for days" ; Briefing ; "All of a sudden the ship got much busier" ; "That did it" ; Eisenhower ; Airborne troops going ahead ; Light flashing ; Night shots -- 3M4. Crossing the Channel. Starts with planes over ships at sea (night ; Get ready for jumping ; Ships at sea (morning) ; Eisenhower's speech about the Navy ; Naval guns ; Bombers ; Ships ; Tommy waiting ; First man ashore ; Into London streets & chimes -- 3M5. The whole world knew ; Invasion prayers -- 4M1. Omaha beach ; Moving on -- 4M2. Hop -- 4M3. Battle music. Inshore & inland ; "There was a solid line" ; Planes -- 4M4 Jessel wood & operation sequence ; Ambulance ; Interior tent ; Blood dripping ; Shot of grave -- 4M5. Mulberry harbour -- 4M6. Hop for Cherbourg -- 4M7 Cherbourg drive use 3M2 Move south --- 4M8. Cue "Everything was rosy except the harbour -- 1M7. Sign sequence ; War department sign -- 1M3. Hops. Hop for opening ; A nation had gone mad ; Map of N.W. Europe ; German visuals ; Map ; Into 1M4 production sequence -- 2M1. Hop for planning ; German visuals ; Into 2M2 -- 3M1. Hop for move south ; Their generals were prepared ; Yet faint across the groaning of the sea -- 4M2. Hop for bridgehead ; The germans parried forth ; From Berlin a voice cried ; "Locked in battle" -- 4M6. Hop for Cherbourg. The German ...lack ; So the Americans -- 5M2. Hop for Caen ; "This was no Cherbourg advance" ; We wanted him to fight here -- 5M4. Hop for St. Lo ; The Germans did not dare to disengage ; Map. The Americans were poised ; But till St. Lo -- 5M6. Hop for counter-attack -- 6M1. Hop for Falaise. The counter-attack which took us by surprise ; Had left his northern flank weakened ; Now the stage was set ; Map. "Outgeneralled and outfought" -- 6M4. Hop for sweep to Paris. "Before this..." ; By woods all littered -- 7M2. Hop for great pursuit. "Beyond the Seine" ; "Toward the Reich frontiers" -- 8M1. Hop for hold-up -- 8M2. Hop for airborne ; "Yet every time" -- 8M4. Hop for Antwerp. "The guns died out at Arnhem" ; And now no choice, direct assault -- 9M1. Hop for Rundstedt's offensive -- 10M1. Hop for Yalta ; Churchill ; For there we could destroy him -- 11MA. Hop for collapse ; In Italy ; Now the free lands -- 11MB. Hop for end & final music. "So they went on beyond the noise & smoke" ; "Which yieldeth the true glory..." -- 9M2. Rundstedt's offensive ; Cut to ribbons ; Cook's story ; Bastogne ; Top of the Bulge ; Refugees ; Airfield ; Planes -- 9M3. Advancing again -- 10M4. "Propaganda" story. Air music ; Air is filled with parachutes ; Rhine crossing -- March "Way ahead" -- The way ahead thematic material -- Reel 5 (without hops) 5M1. Maquis sequence ; The price paid -- 5M2. Hop --5M3. Battle for Caen. Night sequence ; Ruins of Caen street and fighting ; Women looking at wreckage -- 5M7. Mortain. This is battle music with victory. From Typhoons taking off -- 5M5. Drive for St. Lo ; Banging on door ; Refugees ; Stringing wire ; Break-through music -- 6M2. Falaise. Preparations ; Faces waiting -- 6M3. Ruin and desolation after Falaise ; Prisoners marching in ; Behind commentary about German prisoners -- 7M1. Liberation of Paris ; Start of battle for city -- 8M3. Flight to Arnhem ; Parachutes ; On the ground ; Nijmegen bridge ; Arnhem sign -- 8M5. Antwerp.

Cues: (Score) 1M1. Introduction to Eisenhower -- 1M2. Main titles -- 1M3. Hop for opening -- 1M4. Production sequence -- 1M5. Battle of Atlantic. Merchant navy officer ; Periscope ; Survivor ; Derby blouse -- 1M6. "Things got pally" -- 1M7 -- 2M1. Hop for planning -- 2M2. Invasion plans ; Lancaster pilot "We kept bashing away" ; British I.O. ; Wren rating ; R.A.F. man ; Scottish foreman ; Wire netting ; Teheran ; "The date was set" ; Planes taking off -- 3M2. Move south -- 3M1. Hop for Move south -- 3M3. Cue "And there we stayed for days" ; Briefing ; Cue "All of a sudden the ship got much busier" ; Cue "That did it" ; Cue Eisenhower ; Cue Airborne troops going ahead ; Light flashing ; Night shots -- 3M4. Crossing the Channel ; "Get ready for jumping" ; Eisenhower's speech about the Navy ; Naval guns ; Bombers ; Ships ; Tommy waiting ; Into London. Streets and chimes ; Cue "The whole world knew" -- 4M1. Omaha beach ; "Invasion prayers" ; "Moving on" -- 4M2. Hop for bridgehead ; "Burned its hole in history" ; "Locked in battle" -- 4M6. Hop for Cherbourg ; German visuals ; "So the Americans" -- 4M2. Battle music ; Inshore and inland ; There was a solid line ; "Planes" -- 4M4. Jessel wood & operation sequence ; Ambulance ; Interior tent ; Blood dripping ; Shot of grave -- 4M5. Mulberry harbour ; Into wind and storm -- 4M7. Cherbourg drive, use 3M2. Move south -- 4M8. Cue "Everything was rosy except the harbour -- 5M1. Maquis sequence ; The price paid -- 5M2. Hop for Caen. "Caen is a town" ; "This was no Cherbourg advance" ; "We wanted him to fight here" -- 5M3. Night sequence. Battle for Caen ; Woman looking at wreckage ; Boy picks up apples -- 5M4. Hop for St. Lo. "Beyond the rubble" ; "The Germans did not dare to disengage us" ; "The Americans were poised" ; "But all St. Lo" -- 5M5. Drive for St. Lo ; Refugees ; "Break-through" music -- 5M6. Hop for counter attack. "At Rennes American armour" ; "The foe laid plans" ; "So a great force exploded" -- 5M7. Battle music with victory -- 6M1. Hop for Falaise. "The counterattack which took us by surprise" ; "Had left his north flank weakened" ; "Now the stage was set" ; "Outgeneralled & outfought -- 6M2. Falaise. "Preparations" ; Battle of Falaise Gap. 1st gun fires ; Clouds of smoke -- 6M3. Ruin and desolation after Falaise ; Prisoners marching in ; Behind commentary about German prisoners -- 6M4. Hop for sweep to Paris -- 7M1. Liberation of Paris -- 7M2. Hop for great pursuit -- 8M1. Hop for hold-up -- 8M2. Hop for airborne -- 8M3. Flight to Arnhem ; On the ground ; Gliders ; Nijmegen bridge ; Arnhem signboard -- 8M4. Hop for Antwerp. "The guns died out at Arnhem" ; "And now no choice" ; "The docks were still" ; "It would stay dead" -- 9M1. Hop for Rundstedt's offensive. "He cut a fiery path" ; "He aimed at Antwerp's harbour" -- 8M5. Antwerp -- 9M2. Rundstedt's counter offensive -- 10M1. Hop for Yalta. "Rundstedt reeled back" ; "At Yalta then" ; "For there we could destroy him" -- 10M4. "Propaganda" story. Air music ; Parachutes ; Rhine crossing -- 11M?. Russian war song for link up -- 11Ma. Hop for collapse. "Our hopes rose higher than the soaring flames" ; "In Italy a million prisoners" ; "And he himself who planned to rule the world...vanished among the falling walls" ; "Upon the green banks of the Elbe" -- 11Mb. Hop for end & final music. "So they went on beyond the noise and smoke" ; "Now the time has come" ; "O Lord God" ; "Which yieldeth the True Glory"

Recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba in an arrangement by Philip Lane. See Chandos
March only published London : Chappell, 1945. Arranged for piano by Chris S. Langdon. See B1946.91
DVD available. See Amazon
Archive has sketches - holograph in pencil, signed, with annotations in coloured pencil. Sketches also include sketches for the feature film The way ahead. Also score - holograph in pencil, signed. Two further hands appear on the score, Alan Rawsthorne's hand in ink with annotations in red pencil, and an unknown hand which is neither Rawsthorne's nor Marc Blitzstein's (he was also involved at an early stage with the score, although his contribution appears not to have survived) in pencil. There are also notes to Muir Mathieson in pencil in Alwyn's hand.
"Army film by William Alwyn and another? or scored by A. Rawsthorne? Yes!" In unknown hand in ink - "yes!" has been added in pencil and is in Doreen Carwithen's hand -- p.3.
See MS.Alwyn.1.1.144 (Sketches) ; MS.Alwyn.1.1.145 (Score). Also have a review from The Montreal Gazette dated 8th September 1945 (MS.Alwyn.1.8.138), and cue-sheets and a script (MS.Alwyn.1.14.132-133)
What's the next job?
Working title "Employment exchange services". Both manuscripts in the Archive are headed "Employment Exchange".
Music for the vocational film, directed by Roy Ward Baker, and produced by the Directorate of Army Kinematography for the Ministry of Information, starring Moore Marriott and Alfie Bass, 1945. See BFI database.
To see the film go to the Imperial War Museum website.
For chamber orchestra. 1111/2200/timp.perc/32221
Cues : (Sketches) Idee for titles -- 1M2 -- 1M3 -- 1M4 (So's my Aunt Fanny) -- 2M1 Out of street noise -- 2M2 Out of train noise.
Cues: (Score) 1M1 Title music -- 1M2 The Waits -- 1M3 After Joan says "I'm going to an Employment Exchange" -- 1M4 After "There's your answer" -- 1M5 After "So's my Aunt Fanny!" -- 2M1 Peter looks in window (out of street noise) -- 2M2 Train entering station -- 2M3 Archie leaves James "Well so long" -- 2M4 After "Fill up a form" -- 2M5 Chord for dissolve to "Accounts dept." -- 3M1 Montage -- 3M2 From collapse of ironing board.
Archive has sketches, holograph in pencil; and score, holograph in pencil, signed. See MS.Alwyn.1.1.152 (Sketches) and MS.Alwyn.1.1.153 (Score)
Wherever you may be
Music for the radio programme. Broadcast on the Home Service and Light Programme, 25th December 1945. A world-wide exchange of Christmas verses and greetings to mark the first Christmas of peace.
For chamber orchestra. 2222/4331/timp/2perc/harp/str.
Principally arrangements of pre-existing music
Recording in the BBC Sound Archive. F45/144. Featuring members of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Muir Mathieson.
Manuscript at the BBC Music Library: Ms.20184.
Your children's ears
Music for the documentary film, part of the Your Children series. Directed by Albert Pearl, produced by Margaret Thomson for the Realist Film Unit, 1945. Sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Department of Health and the Central Council for Health Education.
See BFI database.
The National Archives, Kew. Film Production File INF 6/675 includes a music cue sheet
Your children's eyes
Music for the documentary film, part of the Your Children series. Directed by Alex Strasser (credited to Alexander Shaw by Ian Johnson), produced by John Taylor for the Realist Film Unit, 1945. Sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Department of Health and the Central Council for Health Education.
See BFI database
The National Archives, Kew. Film Production File INF 6/673 has more information
Your children's teeth
Music for the documentary film, part of the Your Children series. Directed by Jane Massey, produced by Margaret Thomson for the Realist Film Unit, 1945. Sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Department of Health and the Central Council for Health Education.
See BFI database
The National Archives, Kew. Film Production File INF 6/674 includes a music cue sheet