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Lancashire, England, United Kingdom (1905 – 1971)

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… read more

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