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Alan Rawsthorne


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Alan Rawsthorne (1905–1971) was an English composer.

Rawsthorne was born on the 2nd May 1905 in Haslingden, Lancashire. After attempting careers in dentistry and architecture, he decided instead to study music, which he did in Manchester and Berlin. His breakthrough came with the “Theme and Variations” for two violins (1938) and “Symphonic Studies” for orchestra (1938). Other acclaimed works by Rawsthorne include a viola sonata (1937), two piano concertos (1939, 1951), an oboe concerto (1947), two violin concertos (1948, 1956), a concerto for string orchestra (1949), and the “Elegy” for guitar (1971), a piece written for Julian Bream, who completed the unfinished work after the composer’s death. Other works include a cello concerto, three acknowledged string quartets among other chamber works, and three symphonies.

He died on the 24th July 1971.

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  • relax2music

    Alan Rawsthorne: Symphony No.1 (1950) --

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Superbly awesome composer, who not only kept tight control of what he composed, with scarcely a wasted note, but managed to exercise this control over his entire output. Everything I have heard by him has been very good. Really rough and tumble stuff with frequently inventive moments within a rigorously outlined form.

    18 Jan 2011 Reply

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