Alan Rawsthorne

Biography

Born: May 2, 1905; Haslingden, Lancashire, England   Died: July 24, 1971; Cambridge, MA  
Alan Rawsthorne was born in Haslingden, Lancashire, and only considered music as a profession after abortive starts at careers in dentistry and architecture. At 19, he enrolled in the Royal Manchester College of Music, studying under Frank Merrick and Carl Fuchs, and he later studied piano under Egon Petri in Berlin. He subsequently joined the faculty at Dartington Hall School and served as a composer for its School of Dance Mime. His first Read more critical recognition came with the Theme and Variations for two violins, which was premiered at the 1938 London Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music. At the next festival, held in Warsaw, Rawsthorne debuted his first major orchestral work, the Symphonic Studies, and his First Piano Concerto (which he later rescored) was premiered later that same year. The composer served in the British Army during World War II, a period in which he completed the Street Corner and Corteges overtures. With the coming of peace, Rawsthorne, now in his forties, entered the prime of his career and exclusively devoted his time to composing. Over the next 25 years, he wrote three symphonies; two concertos for violin; a second piano concerto and a cello concerto; a brace of choral works, including cantatas and songs; the song cycle Practical Cats (set to T.S. Eliot) for speaker and orchestra; and numerous chamber works, as well as writing the music for four plays. He also wrote music for 27 movies, including such distinguished postwar productions as The Captive Heart, Saraband for Dead Lovers, The Cruel Sea, West of Zanzibar, and Lease of Life. The most obvious influences on Rawsthorne's early work were Hindemith and Walton, with a similarly lean, neo-Classical feel that is modernistic without being dissonant; not surprisingly, however -- given his relatively late entry into music -- his music's characteristics are all his own. From the early 1950s onward, he devoted even more energy to vocal music (even his Symphony No. 2 included a part for soprano in its last movement) and beginning in the early '60s, Rawsthorne's music embraced atonalism in a more obvious way. His music was always respected, sufficiently so that he was able to survive (with help from the film work) on a steady stream of commissioned pieces from 1946 onward, though some works were criticized on an aesthetic level for their brittle textures and, occasionally, a narrow expressive range. Read less

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Allegro lirico (Quasi Variazioni)
Mesto
Allegro - Vivace
Maestoso - Allegro
Allegretto con morbidezza
Vivace
I. Capriccio: Allegro molto
II. Chaconne: Andante con moto
III. Tarantella: Vivace
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo: Adagio semplice
IV. Allegro
Rondo: Allegro moderato
Lullaby: Allegretto
Jig: Presto
I. Allegro deciso - Allegretto - Allegro deciso -
II. Alla ciacona: Andante
III. Molto vivace
I. -
II. -
III. Toccata
IV. Epilogue
I. Allegro tempestuoso
II. Allegro
III. Allegro non troppo
IV. Poco maestoso - Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Poco lento e liberamente
III. Country Dance (Allegro giocoso)
IV. Andante
I. Allegro
II. Alla sarabanda (Andantino)
III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
IV. Allegro risoluto
Theme: Allegro
Variation 1: Capriccietto
Variation 2: Siciliano
Variation 3: Cancrizzante
Variation 4: Rhapsodia
Variation 5: Notturno
Variation 6: Scherzetto
Variation 7: Ostinato
Variation 8: Canone
Variation 9: Fantasia
WORKS
I. Allegro di bravura
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto con moto
Allegro lirico (Quasi Variazioni)
Mesto
Allegro - Vivace
Maestoso - Allegro
Allegretto con morbidezza
Vivace
I. Capriccio: Allegro molto
II. Chaconne: Andante con moto
III. Tarantella: Vivace
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo: Adagio semplice
IV. Allegro
Largo maestoso - Molto allegro
Lento e mesto
Allegro piacevole
Adagio espressivo e rubato - Andante con moto, poco teneramente
Andante (I'istesso tempo) - Allegro - Allegro Moderato
Allegretto
Poco lento
Tema con Variazioni
Rondo: Allegro moderato
Lullaby: Allegretto
Jig: Presto
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): Overture (Presto)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): The Naming of Cats (Allegretto)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): The Old Gumbie Cat (Allegro)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): Gus: the Theatre Cat (Allegro moderato)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): Bustopher Jones: the Cat about Town (Andante pomposo)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): Old Deuteronomy (Andante teneramente)
Practical Cats - An entertainment for speaker and orchestra (1954) (1998 Digital Remaster): The Song of the Jellicles (Molto vivace)
Theme: Tempo giusto, espressivo e poco agitato
Variation 1: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: Andante appassionato
Variation 3: Allegro
Variation 4: Adagio, poco misterioso
Variation 5: Allegro preciso
Variation 6: Prestissimo
I. Maestoso e pesante - Allegretto - Allegro agitato
II. Allegro appassionato sempre molto rubato
III. Allegretto
IV. Theme, Three Variations and Coda
I. Allegro deciso - Allegretto - Allegro deciso -
II. Alla ciacona: Andante
III. Molto vivace
Allegro - Allegretto
Allegro
Lento non troppo
Allegro
I. -
II. -
III. Toccata
IV. Epilogue
Sarabande: Maestoso
Fantasia: Andante con moto
Air: Andante grazioso
Jig: Allegro
I. Allegro tempestuoso
II. Allegro
III. Allegro non troppo
IV. Poco maestoso - Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Poco lento e liberamente
III. Country Dance (Allegro giocoso)
IV. Andante
I. Allegro
II. Alla sarabanda (Andantino)
III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
IV. Allegro risoluto
Theme: Allegro
Variation 1: Capriccietto
Variation 2: Siciliano
Variation 3: Cancrizzante
Variation 4: Rhapsodia
Variation 5: Notturno
Variation 6: Scherzetto
Variation 7: Ostinato
Variation 8: Canone
Variation 9: Fantasia


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