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Atlantic trawler
Music for the documentary film, directed by Frank Sainsbury, and produced by John Taylor for the Realist Film Company on behalf of the Ministry of Information, 1944. The first film in the series Britons at war. See BFI and Imperial War Museum databases.
For a clip of the film see Scottish Screen Archive.
Available on DVD, on Panamint Productions Fishermen at war : Atlantic trawler, catalogue no. PDC2055. See Panamint 
For chamber orchestra. Orchestration : 1110.2100.timp.perc.str.
Cues : 1M1 & 2M9 Main titles & end titles -- 1M2 Trawler fishing -- 1M3 Rough sea haul -- 1M4 & 2M7 Going south & life on board -- 1M5 A good haul -- 1M6 Gutting & stowing -- 1M7 Pay day -- 2M1 Net mending -- 2M2 Night haul -- 2M3 Cleaning decks -- 2M8 Trawler sets out to sea -- 2M4 Getting ready for home -- 2M5 Men meeting wives etc -- 2M6 Home life.
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil, and autograph score in pencil, signed.
MS.Alwyn.1.1.17 (Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.1.18 (Score)


Britons at war, 1 see Atlantic trawler


The chimes
Incidental music for a radio adaptation of Charles Dickens' story. Produced by D.G. Bridson, adapted by Joan Littlewood. Broadcast 30th December 1944 on the BBC Home Service.
For male voices and chamber orchestra. 1111.2000.timp.perc.piano.harp.strings.male chorus.
Cues (from Archive sketches) : Toby Veck theme -- 1. Allegro ritmico -- 2. Steady -- 3 -- 4. Slow -- 5. Steady. Giocoso -- 5A. Brisk & steady -- 6. "Bad, bad, bad, bad" -- 7. Bell with muted strings -- 8. Come I will show you -- 9. Waltz ending -- 10. First 10 bars of 9 -- 11. First 6 bars of 9 -- 12. 1/2 hour chimes -- 13. "Spirit, you can show me nothing worse than this" -- 14. "Follow her" -- Finale. 15. (Morris dance tempo) ; "Had Trotty dreamed etc."
Archive has autograph piano score in pencil, has some indications of orchestration. MS.Alwyn.1.6.23
The BBC Music Library has a further manuscript score. Ms.20036.


Child welfare see A start in life


Citizens of tomorrow see A start in life


Concerto for oboe and string orchestra
For oboe, harp and string orchestra.
Commercial recordings :

  • Recorded by Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Rachel Masters (harp), accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox, on Oboe concerto and Three concerti grossi, Chandos CHAN 8866. Recorded in St. Jude's Church, Central Square, London, on the 27th February and 1st March 1990. See Chandos
  • Also recorded by Jonathan Small (oboe), Eleanor Hudson (harp), accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, on Alwyn Elizabethan Dances, Naxos 8-570144. Recorded in the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, on the 19–22 January 2006. See Naxos
  • Archival recordings : 
  • BBC Sound Archive MX45-T45267 (23 March 1952) Alec Whittaker (oboe), Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Boyd Neel [reel-to-reel tape]
  • British Library Sound Archive M-1806-R (BBC Radio 3, recorded 7 April 1970) Janet Craxton (oboe), BBC Welsh Orchestra, conducted by John Carewe [reel-to-reel tape]
  • Published : London : Alfred Lengnick, c1951. Also published in a transcription for oboe and piano by the composer. London : Alfred Lengnick, c1951.
    Archive has bound autograph score in ink. Signed and dated at end ""London & Welwyn 1943-44. Oct. 9th 1944." MS.Alwyn.1.2.24
    Archive also has autograph score in ink, transcription for oboe and piano. Publisher's plate number is written in biro at foot of t.p. in unknown hand. The transcription was published by Lengnick with this plate no. in 1951. MS.Alwyn.1.2.25


Eve of battle
Music for the documentary film, produced by David MacDonald and the Allied Services Film Unit for the Ministry of Information, 1944.
See BFI and Imperial War Museum databases.
For a clip of the film go to the Imperial War Museum website.
Location of manuscript is unknown.


Grassy Shires
Music for the documentary film (part of The pattern of Britain series), produced by Edgar Anstey, directed by Ralph Keene and Greenpark-Verity Productions on behalf of the Ministry of Information, 1944.
See BFI database.
Available on DVD, on Panamint Productions The pattern of Britain, catalogue no. PDC2019. See Panamint
For chamber orchestra. Orchestration : 1110.2100.timp.perc.21111.
Cues: 1. Titles & opening sequence ; Welland valley ; Industrial town ; Fens -- 2. People at work -- 3. Final sequence -- Extra : "Belvoir vale".
Archive has autograph score in pencil, entitled Midland Shires, signed.


Great day
Music for the feature film, directed by Lance Comfort and produced by Victor Hanbury for RKO Radio Pictures, 1944. Starring Eric Portman and Flora Robson.
See BFI and Internet Movie databases.
Available on DVD. See Amazon
For orchestra. Orchestration: 2(picc)2(ca)22/4331/timp.2perc(glock.vib.xyl)/hp/str(
Cues: 1M1 R.K.O. title to knock on door -- 1M2 Main titles -- 2M1 Long Barrow sequence -- 3M1 Water splash -- 3M2 Starts on farmer walking through woods -- 4M1 From Margaret's head hitting ground -- 5M1 From dispatch rider -- 6M1 Night, mobile canteen -- 7M1 Meg says goodbye to Geoffrey -- 7M2 Eric leaves Police station -- 8M1 Suicide sequence -- 9M1 Water shot and village street (Eric filled with fresh hope) -- 9M2 Jerusalem (Parry)
Archive has holograph score in pencil with amendments in coloured pencil.


Man of science see Men of science


Medal for the General
Music for the feature film directed by Maurice Elvey, produced by Louis H. Jackson for British National Films / Anglo-American Film Corporation. Starring Godfrey Tearle and Jeanne de Casalis, 1944, (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 2(picc)1(ca)21/2220/timp.perc/hp/str(43321).
Cues : 1M1 Title music & opening -- 1M2 After General says "We'll show them again in this war" -- 1M3 After "The General said he would wait" -- 2M1 After General says "Too old" -- 2M2 After General says "I'm a civilian now" -- 2M3 After General says "Dear gallant old soul" -- 3M1A Time lapse (starts after General says "Put it with the others") -- 3M2 Bates & doctor start to walk upstairs -- 2M4 After General says "Leave me alone" -- 3M1 After McNab says "I never did have much time for women" -- 4M1 After General says "See that I'm not disturbed" -- 4M2 After General says "No" -- 4M3 After General says "That'll do, Bates" -- 6M1 After General says "Do anything with them once you get their respect" -- 5M1 Starts as General slams door. Suicide scene & entrance of children -- 7M1 After General says "I'll have a plate of your excellent porridge." Porridge for breakfast (the children - one after another - follow the General's example & eat their porridge) -- 7M2 Limpy falls -- 7M3 After doctor says "I'm glad you're better" -- 8M3 Children enter study -- 8M1 Starts as General & Bates walk to bathroom (the General decides to go to London) -- 8M2 Interlude. After Bates says "Very happy they were too" -- 9M1 "Once upon a time" the children listen to a true story -- 9M2 Snarrer & the American soldier. Starts as door opens and Snarrer enters -- 10M1 Plane crash. General rushes into hall -- 10M2 Limpy flings back the bedclothes -- 10M3 Final section. After Bates says "It's the medal they give to civilians." Buckingham Palace. The General receives his medal.
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil, and autograph score also in pencil with annotations in red pencil, and some additional cues in ink. Signed.
MS.Alwyn.1.1.64 (Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.1.65 (Score). Archive also has a cue-sheet MS.Alwyn.1.14.75.


Men of science
Music for the documentary film produced by the Turner Film Company for the British Council, 1944 (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation : 1111/2200/timp.perc/hp/22111
Cues from score: 1. Titles -- 2. Study & shop scene. Scenes 3,4 & 5 -- 3. Scene 8. Sir Humphrey Davy lectures at R.I. -- 4. Bedroom, footman, & laboratory scenes with urgent letter. Scenes 9, 10, 11 & 12 -- 5, Safety lamps. Park love scene & library. Scenes 14 to 20 -- 6. Laboratory (magnetic needle) & study. Scenes 21 & 22 -- 7. Scene 24. Wheatstone entrance & exit -- 8. Scene 25. Laboratory experiments -- 9. Scenes 26 & 27. Children in the park -- 10. Final section.
Cues from sketches: Scene 3. Study -- Scene 9. Bedroom. Faraday binding notes of Davy's lecture -- Faraday takes letter -- 14. Insert laboratory (safety lamp) -- 16. Park love scene -- 17. Superintendant --21. Laboratory (magnetic needle) -- 23. Cube scene (no music in this scene) -- 24. Royal Institute. Audience arriving to hear Wheatstone -- b. Wheatstone's exit -- 25 Laboratory experiments (metallurgy) -- Mercury -- [illegible] shop scene -- 26. Park. Children -- 27. Faraday & boy in study -- Montage (no music) -- 29. Finale -- 9. Ballroom scene --12. Lab after footman scene -- 6 -- Titles "Man of science" -- Themes -- Miss Helen Renny's Scotch measure -- Moderato -- Long life to Neil Gow -- The smith's maggott.
Archive has autograph sketches and score in pencil. Sketches have some [unrelated?] Scottish tunes at the end. MS.Alwyn.1.1.62(Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.1.63 (Score)


Merchant seamen see Atlantic trawler


Midland shires see Grassy shires


On approval
Music for the feature film directed by Clive Brook, produced by Sydney Box for English Films and Independent Producers. Starring Clive Brook and Beatrice Lillie, 1944.
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 2(picc)221/2220/timp.perc/hp/str(
For a film clip see YouTube
DVD is available via Amazon
Cues (Score): Title music -- Dream sequence -- George in Maria's room (reel 7) -- Reel 8. End of quarrel (Wedding march) -- Final chords.
Cues (Sketches): Polka -- R.N. training film. Anchor -- Polka. Reel I -- Montage. Barcarolle -- Reel 3. 3M? George drives the cab to back of door -- 4M1 "Who says birds don't sing at night?" -- 4M4 Landlord shuts window -- 4M5 "Go to the kitchen!" -- 4M6 George says "What a man!" -- George's room -- Marion & Richard -- 5M1 "Three weeks" montage. Duke's tune -- 5M6 Marion pulls George's nose -- 5M7 Richard baths the dog -- 5M6 -- Waltz theme -- Powder room -- 4M2 Railway carriage -- 4M3 Marion says "I must look into this" -- 5M2A Closes umbrella -- Reel 7 George & Marion in bedroom scene -- Reel 8 Helen & Richard leave cottage -- 8 Final chord -- Reel 7 Rain.
The sketches for "On approval" include sections which do not appear in the score. It is unclear whether these sections were omitted from the finished version or if the score is incomplete. The note in Doreen Carwithen's hand accompanying the sketches refers to this. Back of leaf 2 has sketches for a film with the working title "R.N. training film," no film of this name has been identified.
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil MS.Alwyn.1.82 (Sketches), MS.Alwyn.1.83 (Score), MS.Alwyn.1.14.89 (Cue sheet)


Our country
Music for the documentary film directed by John Eldridge, produced by Donald Taylor and Alexander Shaw for the Strand Film Company and the Ministry of Information. Commentary by Burgess Meredith, script written by Dylan Thomas, 1944 (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 2(picc)121/2220/timp.perc/hp/str.
DVD is available from Panamint productions
Cues: Title music -- 1M1 Rough seas & seamans' club -- 1M2 David leaves club and catches a tram -- IM3 Hospital & interior St. Pauls -- Interior St. Pauls -- 1M4 Sailor walks past planes & tanks -- IM4A Dover sequence -- 2M1 Idyll, Apple orchard -- 2M2 Hop gardens -- 2M3 David gets a lift, pony & trap -- 2M4 Pony & trap to farm and harvesting sequence -- 2M5 Harvest supper -- 3M1 Lorry ride -- 3M2 Cattle market -- 3M3 Welsh hills to school room -- 3M4 David walks into mining valley -- 3M5 Bus sequence -- 4M1 David on slag heap -- 4M2 David meets Mollie -- 4M3 David & Mollie walk home -- 4M4 Hills & lochs & lumber sequence -- 4M6 Ship puts out to sea & end titles -- 4M6A David in trawler cabin. 
Archive has autograph score in pencil with annotations in other hands in coloured pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.85


Music for the documentary film directed by Alexander Shaw and Kay Mander for the Realist Film Unit on behalf of I.C.I. and the Therapeutic Research Corporation, 1944 (see BFI database, there is also a more detailed record of cues here)
Location of manuscript unknown.


Short suite (Sonatina II) : for viola and piano
Commercial recording: Recorded by Martin Outram and Julian Rolton on The Scottish viola, Nimbus Alliance NI 6180. Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, 21-23 July 2011. See Nimbus records
Archive has autograph pencil sketches with corrections MS.Alwyn.1.3V.7. Score is held in the Primrose international viola archive at the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Utah.


Sonatina II for viola and piano see Short suite for viola and piano


A start in life

Music for the documentary film directed by Brian Smith for the Realist Film Unit on behalf of the Ministry for health and the Ministry of information, 1944 (see BFI database)
For chamber orchestra. Instrumentation: 1110/0100/piano/str.
Cues: Sketches. Midwife and Food office -- Bomb damage and country home -- Day nursery -- Little boy -- Full score. Titles and opening sequence -- Day nursery -- Midwife and food office -- Bomb damage and country home -- Little boy to end of geography lesson -- Domestic science -- Midmorning milk and dinner time -- Gymnasium -- Swimming -- Eurhythmics and shinty -- Children’s Circus


The way ahead
Music for the feature film directed by Carol Reed, produced by Norman Walker and John Sutro for Two Cities Films. Starring David Niven and Stanley Holloway, 1944 (see BFI database)
Cues: March -- Coaster tune -- Trio -- March. The D.O.G.S -- Variants -- 1st training -- Bugles -- Blues.
DVD is available via Amazon
For a video clip see YouTube
Commercial recordings : March, arranged by Philip Lane, recorded by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba. Recorded at Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester on the 5-6 January 2005. Chandos
Archive has autograph sketches in pencil. The "Blues" number is by the composer Dennis Blood, and is in his hand. MS.Alwyn.1.1.149
March has also been published : Arr. by W. J. Duthoit for military band. London : Chappell, 1945 (Chappell's Army Journal, no. 175) and arr. by Felton Rapley for piano. London : Chappell, 1944. Available at Cambridge University Library B1944.1668.