- Alan Rawsthorne
Alan Rawsthorne (2 May 1905 – 24 July 1971) was a British
Rawsthorne was born in
Haslingden, Lancashire. After attempting careers in dentistryand architecture, he decided instead to study musicin Manchesterand 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 oboeconcerto (1947), two violin concertos (1948, 1956), a concertofor string orchestra (1949), and the "Elegy" for guitar(1971), a piece written for and completed by Julian Breamafter the composer's death. Other works include a cello concerto, three acknowledged string quartets among other chamber works, and three symphonies.
Rawsthorne was married to
Isabel Rawsthorne(née Isabel Nichols), an artist, model and muse well-known in the Parisand Sohoart scenes. Her contemporaries included Andre Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picassoand Francis Bacon. Isabel Rawsthorne was the widow of composer Constant Lambertand stepmother to Kit Lambert, manager of the rock group The Who, who died in 1981. Isabel died in 1992. Alan Rawsthorne was her third husband; Sefton Delmer (the journalist and member of the Special Operations Executiveduring the Second World War) was her first husband. Isabel was Alan Rawsthorne's second wife, his first wife being Jessie Hinchliffe, a violinist in the Philharmonia Orchestra. Jessie did not re-marry.
Alan Rawsthorne died in 1971 and is buried in
Thaxtedchurchyard in Essex. He was a great-grandson of Dr. Jonathan Bayley, the renowned educationalist, Latin scholar and Swedenborgian minister who is remembered for his philanthropic work in Accrington, Lancashire and in London.
**Symphony No. 1 (1950)
**Symphony No. 2 "A Pastoral Symphony" (1959)
**Symphony No. 3 (1964)
*"Symphonic Studies" (1938)
*Concerto for String Orchestra
*"Cortèges", Fantasy Overture
*Divertimento for Chamber Orchestra
*Elegiac Rhapsody for Strings
*"Improvisations on a Theme by Constant Lambert"
*Light Music for Strings
*Suite from "Madame Chrysanthème"
*"Overture for Farnham"
*"Prisoners' March" - from film "the Captive Heart"
*"Street Corner Overture"
*"Theme, Variations and Finale"
*Triptych for Orchestra
**Piano Concerto No. 1 (1939)
**Piano Concerto No. 2 (1951)
**Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
**Violin Concerto No. 1 (1948)
**Violin Concerto No. 2 (1956)
*Cello Concerto (1965)
*Oboe Concerto (1947)
*Clarinet Concerto (1936-7)
**String Quartet No. 1
**String Quartet No. 2
**String Quartet No. 3
*Concertante for Piano and Violin
*Concerto for Ten Instruments
*Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon
*Sonatina for Flute, Oboe and Piano
*Suite for Flute, Viola and Harp (1968)
*Theme and Variations for Two Violins
*Viola Sonata (1937, revised 1953)
*Suite for Treble Recorder & Piano
*Elegy for Guitar
*Four Romantic Pieces
*"The Creel": Suite for Piano Duet
*Carmen Vitale: Choral Suite
*A Canticle of Man: Chamber Cantata
*The God in a Cave: Cantata
*Medieval Diptych 962
*Practical Cats for Speaker and Orchestra
*Tankas of the Four Seasons
*Canzonet from "A Garland for the Queen"
*Four Seasonal Songs
*Lament for a Sparrow
*A Rose for Lidice
*Three French Nursery Songs
*"We Three Merry Maids"
*Two Songs to Words by John Fletcher
*Saraband (with Ernest lrving)
*Scena Rustica for soprano and harp
* [http://www.musicweb.uk.net/rawsth/ The Friends of Alan Rawsthorne]
* [http://www.lsso.co.uk/photos/1967/67%20rawsthorne%20photo.jpgLeicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra] Norman Del Mar, Norma Fisher and the composer following a performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon in 1967
* [http://www.julianlloydwebber.com/rawsthorne.asp Cello Sonata Reviews]
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