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Approach to science
Music for the documentary film directed by Bill Mason, produced by Geoffrey Bell and Edgar Anstey for the Shell Film Unit, sponsored by the Army Kinema Corporation, 1947. See BFI database.
For chamber orchestra. 1110/2100/timp.perc.vib/22111
Cues: 1M1 Main titles & opening sequence -- 1M2 Gadget sequence -- 1M3 Hand turning generator -- 2M1 Glass of water -- 2M2 Clean water tap -- 2M3 The world recoils -- 3M1 Microscope & graveyard -- 3M2 Bombed factory etc. to wireless set in dreary room -- 3M3 Final section, atom bomb to end titles.
Archive has holograph score in pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.1.15<


Captain Boycott
Music for the feature film starring Stewart Granger and Kathleen Ryan. Directed by Frank Launder, produced by Launder and Gilliat for Individual Pictures. For more information and video clips see ScreenOnline
Cues: March -- The Heights of Alma (for soldiers marching) -- Heights of Alma (played as a quick dance) -- Miss McLeod's reel -- At O'Malley's Pub. The brown blackthorn ; Thomas Hegan ; Capt. George O'Malley ; Margaret's song ; Keening ; From sound track -- For Kitty Break love theme -- Keen tune & for titles -- Titles -- Coach tune -- Boycott theme -- The green stubble -- A prayer for Nicholas -- A [illegible] bain -- The first steamer that came into Killay harbour.
Recordings: BBC Sound Archive 11603 (n.d.) Opening Titles and Waltz only
Archive has holograph sketches in pencil or biro. The sketches are partly sketches of music for the feature film, and partly folk tunes noted by Alwyn while in Connemara, along with miscellaneous sketches. It's unclear if all the sketches became part of the "Captain Boycott" soundtrack. A further note by Doreen Carwithen notes "Irish tunes etc collected by William Alwyn in Ireland - all authentic tunes sung or played to him". MS.Alwyn.1.1.23. Archive also has cue-sheets MS.Alwyn.1.14.7.


City government see A city speaks


A city speaks
Music for the documentary film directed by Paul Rotha for Films of Fact and Paul Rotha Films, sponsored by Manchester Corporation and Manchester City Corporation, 1947. See BFI database.
For a film clip see YouTube
DVD available free of charge as an educational item through North West Film Archive
Also included in an edition of Manchester Sounds published by The Manchester Musical Heritage Trust in association with Forsyth BrothersLtd. 
For orchestra + organ. 2222/4331/timp.perc/
Cues: 1M2 Air shot -- Historic sequence -- No. 6. Start of end sequence.
Archive has holograph score, principally in ink, signed. The "historic sequence" for organ is in pencil. Also parts in copyist's hand (Rosie Bramson - Alwyn's principal copyist throughout the 1940's) in ink. MS.Alwyn.1.1.27-28
A suite devised from music used in the film "Manchester Suite" was premiered on November 30th, 1947 at the King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli.
For orchestra
1. Prelude -- 2. March -- 3. Interlude -- 4. Scherzo -- 5. Finale.
Location of manuscript is unknown.


A day at school see Home and school


The hare
Music for a radio feature, commissioned 1947, written by Louis MacNeice. MacNeice had already written two "March Hare" features, which were broadcast in 1945 and 1946 - "The March Hare" and "Salute to all fools." This was, presumably, to be the third part of the saga. According to the contracts, The Hare was to be broadcast on the Third Programme. Due to industrial troubles at the BBC the Third Programme was off air between 11-27 February 1947. A recording to disc of The Hare was probably made for broadcast in the future, although originally the intention would have been to broadcast it live; however, because there were already several MacNeice plays in the offing for later in the year, and because the station was off the air for so long, The Hare was scrapped and never broadcast.
For 2 horns and string orchestra.
Cues: Music 1 -- Music 2 ; "I was me day hundreds of miles" etc ; "Three horses & riders" etc -- Music 3 ; "The riders & the dogs" -- Music 4 ; "They are calling them home" ; "From the far flat scene" -- Music 5 ; "Listen! Listen!" etc ; Verse 2. "Here in the last standing" etc ; Verse 3. "Listen! Listen!" etc -- Music 6 -- Music 7.
Archive has holograph score in pencil, signed. MS.Alwyn.1.6.8


Home and school
Music for the documentary film, directed by Gerard Bryant, produced by Alexander Shaw for the Crown Film Unit. Sponsored by the Central Office of Information and the Ministry of Education, 1947. See BFI database.
For chamber orchestra. 11(ca)11/2100/hp/32111.
Cues: 1M1. Title music -- 1M2 ; Interior -- 1M3. Alan ; David getting up ; David creeping from room ; Allan ; Marion ; Throws down doll ; David & Alan ; "Trespassers" notice ; Marion ; Opens basket ; Scissors ; Marion ; Cutting cushion ; Boys with matches ; Shot ; Boys running -- 2M1. Small boy ; Quoits ; Geography class -- 2M2 ; Marion skipping -- 2M3 ; Street ; Marion's dialogue ; Dialogue ends ; She remembers ; Grocer ; David -- 2M4. Bad schools ; Class room ; Exterior school, children playing ; Children running in circles ; Boys walking ; School interior classroom -- 2M5A. Party ; Father says "Hello" -- 2M5B. End music.
Archive has holograph score in ink with annotations in pencil and coloured pencil. MS.Alwyn.1.1.49 Archive also has cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.52-53<


Home from school see Home and school


Manchester film see A city speaks


Manchester suite see also A city speaks


The moon in the yellow river
Music for the BBC Radio feature, written and produced by Denis Johnston.
For voice and piano.
Score is at the BBC Music Library. Ms.25969.
Archive has holograph score in pencil, dated London, July 1947. MS.Alwyn.1.6.12


October man
Music for the feature film, starring John Mills and Joan Greenwood. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Filippo Del Giuduice and Eric Ambler for Two Cities Films, 1947. For production stills and further information see BFI database.
For orchestra. 2222/4230/timp/perc/harp/str.
Recordings: BBC Sound Archive 11606 (n.d.) London Symphony Orchestra/Muir Mathieson Opening Titles and Bus Crash only.
Location of manuscript unknown.
Archive has PRS returns and cue-sheets. MS.Alwyn.1.14.86-87


Odd man out
Music for the feature film starring James Mason and Robert Newton. Produced and directed by Carol Reed for Two Cities Films, 1947. For more information, production stills and posters, see BFI database.
For orchestra. 12(ca.)21/2200/timp.hp./str.
Cues : Sketches. 2M3. Police montage -- 2M2. Johnny falls off car ; Johnny lying in road ; Johnny starts to get up ; Boys in car ; Car moves off ; Empty street ; Johnny rising ; Reaches shelter -- 2M1. After Johnny says "Well I must go now" ; They leave room ; Car coming along street ; Johnny ; Delirium ; "Here we are now" -- 3M1. Interior shelter as ball bounces in ; "Oh Donald" ; Johnny looks puzzled ; Johnny reacting ; Doors to kitchen -- 3M2. Starts after Dennis says "Stay here" ; Boys ; Boys hesitate ; Boys run off ; Pat stops lid ; Pat says "Come on" ; Dialogue ; Boys run off ; Arrive at Theresa's house -- 4M1. Johnny in shelter : boy & girl ; Boy & girl enter ; Johnny ; "There's someone here" ; Johnny ; Johnny says "Put it out & clear off" ; Johnny moves ; Dim to Theresa's -- 5M1. As child skates away from Dennis ; Cuts as Dennis reaches Johnny -- 5M3 ; He slumps ; Johnny ; He falls -- 5M2. Dennis chase music ; Dennis runs across roof ; Fires start ; Dennis ; Dogs barking ; Policemen see Dennis -- Main titles. 1M1 ; Two Cities ; Belfast -- Part 2. 6M1. C.U. Tom seeing revolver -- 6M2. Starts after Tom says "I'm thinking of the decent man he killed" ; Chair falls ; Johnny moves out of door ; Johnny outside on pavement ; Johnny walking along pavement to cab ; cut to soldiers running -- 7M1. Granny & the picture. Lullaby ; Kathleen taking revolver from Granny ; Gin Jimmy's cab -- 7M2. Gin Jimmy slams door after police ; Sees Kathleen walking ; Pulling up at builders' yard ; Opens cab door ; Slips & falls in mud; Knocks over bath tub ; Puts Johnny in bath ; Sees Shell ; Cab drives off ; Shell hesitates & looks round ; Shell starts to move off ; Kathleen ; Diss[olve] to Katie talking to seaman -- 9M1. Builders' yard ; Falls into mud ; He gets up ; C.U. feet ; Johnny enters crib -- 10M1. Diss[olve] to Shell entering builders' yard ; C.U. empty bath ; Looks into window ; Sees bandage ; Pub entrance ; Enters pub -- 12M1. Starts after Inspector says "You can't do that unless he's coming here" ; Diss[olve] to Kathleen going through gate to vestry -- 13M1 Johnny walks to his death ; Lukey ; Shell & Johnny ; Shell spots passers ; Shell grabs Johnny ; Shell ; Policeman passing bushes ; Johnny starts to get up ; Kathleen ; Shell rings bell -- 13M2 ; Johnny ; Kathleen says "Johnny" ; Kathleen reaches Johnny ; Ship's siren -- 13M13 ; Dialogue ; Dialogue ends ; Revolver shot -- 13M4 ; Mackintosh ; Ship's siren ; Chimes -- 13M5. Final chords -- 12M2. Delirium scene in Lukey's studio ; Shower ; When I was a child I spoke as a child ; Johnny rises -- Rough guide for Johnny's walk -- B. Johnny's walk -- Johnny's walk (melody only)
For clips see YouTube
DVD available. See Amazon
Recordings: Suite arranged by Christopher Palmer, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox, Chandos CHAN 9243. Recorded in All Saints Church, Tooting, London, 15-16 January, 1993. See Chandos
The same recording of the prelude only is also available on British Film Classics, Chandos CHAN 241-12, Byways of British Music, Chandos CHAN 6611, and Classic widows, Chandos CHAN 7008.
Archive has sketches, autograph in pencil with some copyist's annotations in ink. Cover and additional leaf have notes on timings in Doreen Carwithen's hand. MS.Alwyn.1.1.76
Score - autograph in pencil, signed - and parts in copyist's hand in ink for a short section of the film "Johnny walking wounded and dazed" MS.Alwyn.1.1.77-78.
Christopher Palmer's score for the Chandos suite is also held at the Archive.


Parents and children Probably a working title for the series Your children and You - see 


Pharaoh Akhnaton
Music for the radio drama. Written and produced by Leonard Cottrell, narrated by Deryck Guyler. First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme 6-12 July 1947. 
Orchestration : 3(picc)3(ca)00/4300/perc/harp/viola/cello/bass/chorus
Recordings: BBC Sound Archive F47/30 BBC Men’s Chorus and London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson
Score is at the BBC Music Library


Four preludes for piano
1. Allegretto -- 2. Slow -- 3. Adagio -- 4. Allegro.
Unpublished. Archive has sketches, autograph in ink MS.Alwyn.1.3P.74


School and home see Home and school


Take my life
Music for the feature film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan for Cineguild and Independent Producers, starring Greta Gynt and Marius Goring, 1947.
For further information, and a photo of Alwyn at work see BFI database
Orchestration : 2(picc)222/4330/str/harp/timp/soprano
For film clips see YouTube
Cues: Sketches. School song -- [Manuelo aria] -- Dramatic opera version -- 1M3 Overture -- 1M5 After Phillippa says "So glad to have met you" -- 3M1 Fleming bumps into Grieve -- 3M1A Police montage -- 4M1 -- 2M1 Towel[?] hits Phillippa -- 2M2 Murderer diss. -- 5M1 Phillippa says "I'm going to Holland" -- 5M2 After piano playing hymn tune -- 5M3 Fleming crumples newspaper -- 7M1 "Goodbye my love" -- 7M2 Scottish montage (train journey) -- 8M1 -- 8M2 -- 9M1 Insert school photo -- 9M2 Phillippa in train -- 1M1 Main titles -- 10Mx Lead in to final aria -- End titles.
Archive also has cue sheets MS.Alwyn.1.14.124; and a sequence of photographs taken by Cornel Lucas for Merry-Go-Round magazine showing the progress of a recording session for the score of "Take my life". MS.Alwyn.18.113-151
Recordings: BBC Sound Archive 11909 Aria only. London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson with Victoria Sladen, soprano.
Recordings: Aria reconstructed by Philip Lane, recorded by Sandra Bullock (soprano) and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rumon Gamba, Chandos CHAN 9959. Recorded in New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 28-29 June, 2001. See Chandos


Under elevens see Home and school


Your children's sleep 
Music for the documentary film, part of the Your Children series. Entitled "Children Asleep" on manuscripts. Produced by the Realist Film Unit, 1948. Sponsored by the Ministry of Health.
See BFI database.
For flute, clarinet and string quartet
Cues: Sketches. Sect. 1. Hospital ; Dentist ; ...bedroom ; Lorry -- Sec. 2 ; Bus queue ; Tom in bed -- Sect. 4 ; Billy asleep -- Sequence 6 ; Dialogue ; Madge starts to run ; "Fooled him" ; Madge stops ; Policeman ; Mother's dialogue ; Madge walks out of kitchen -- Sequence 7 ; Little boy running ; Catches him -- Sequence 9 ; Visitor -- Sect. 8 ; Claire -- Sequence 10 ; Father -- Sect. 2.
Score. Sect. I. Titles to lorry ; Hospital ; Dentist ; Lighted bedroom ; Bedside table ; Fade in lorry -- Section 2. Shadows on ceiling to Tom in bed ; C.U. basket ; Mrs. Parkins in bed ; Walking out of Riggs ; Bus queue ; Shadow ; Bright shape ; Tom in bed -- Sect. 3. Football match ; Whistle -- Section 4. Mrs. Parkins in bed to child -- Sect. 5. Billy's dream of the fire ; Billy asleep -- Section 6. From children chalking on fence ; Man's shadow ; Children running ; C.U. Man's middle ; Dialogue ; Man's middle ; Madge starts to run ; "Fooled him" etc ; Madge stops ; Policeman ; Mother dialogue ; Madge walks away ; Upstairs ; Man -- Section 7. Starts on cuckoo clock ; Little boy running him ; Catches him ; Boy runs away ; Child stops -- Section 8. Mother & child ; Claire -- Section 9. Starts on Claire's mother ; Claire running downstairs ; Visitor -- Section 10. Claire's dream of the desert ; Door opens -- Section 11. Starts after last line of woman.
Alwyn Archive has holograph sketches in pencil, signed and dated 1947. Alwyn has drawn some caricature male faces on p. 10. See MS.Alwyn.1.1.166. Also score in pencil, signed, with amendments and annotations in coloured pencil. See MS.Alwyn.1.1.168