It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile

William Alwyn

William Alwyn was one of the more popular of post-romantic English composers to come up in the wake of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. A prolific composer, as well as a flautist and teacher, he worked in all idioms, including opera, but like most British composers of his generation (apart from Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett), his success in the latter arena was very limited.

Alwyn was educated at the Northampton Grammar School, where he proved a promising student in both music and art. He attended the Royal Academy of Music from 1920 to 1923, and was later elected a Fellow of the academy. His main interest by then was composition, and he later won the Sir Michael Costa Scholarship.

His studies were interrupted by the death of his father when Alwyn was 18, and he was forced to go to work. He taught in a preperatory school and made the rounds of numerous theater orchestras as a flautist, before returning to the Academy at age 21 as a composition teacher. Alwyn's own breakthrough as a composer took place in 1927 when Sir Henry Wood conducted the premiere of his Five Preludes for orchestra at a promenade concert in London. His Piano Concerto was finished in 1930, and his oratorio set to words by William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven And Hell, was completed in 1936. He received many honors and awards, including the Collard Fellowship (1938-41), but in 1939, Alwyn abruptly abandoned all of his early works, regarding his technique as inadequate.

Alwyn turned to neo-classicism in the 1940's, and this new-found approach to composition allowed him to resume his career on a more satisfying basis. His later work included four symphonies, the first dating from 1949, two concerti grossi, a series of four Scottish Dances, and several programatic orchestral works including The Magic Island symphonic prelude, the gorgeous and haunting Lyra Angelica for harp and strings, and Autumn Legend, as well as a pair of string quartets and other chamber pieces, and the operas The Libertine and Miss Julie. He was also responsible for 70 film scores, including Penn of Pennsylvania (1941), Green For Danger (1946), Odd Man Out (1946), The Fallen Idol (1948), and The Rocking Horse Winner (1950), as well as many documentaries, and was later made a Fellow of the British Film Academy. In 1955, Alwyn gave up his teaching position and from 1961 onward pursued composition virtually exclusively. In 1978, he was created a Commander of the British Empire.

Alwyn's music underwent a renaissance in the 1970's, both in performance and a series of landmark recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself, for the Lyrita label. Then, in the 1980's and 1990's, younger conductors on other labels--most notably Chandos--began recording the symphonies and other orchestral works.

Alwyn's was melodic and eminently accessible, if not always as adventurous as modern listeners might have liked. His melodic gifts were subtle and profound, as seen in his programatic works The Magic Island (inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest) and the Lyra Angelica, both of which are among the finest pieces of program music of their era, expressing musically compelling visions of beauty and mystery. His symphonies, by contrast, are plainer and dryer, but only slightly less attractive, with beautiful scoring and great technical vitality. All of these pieces were also very out-of-date in the world of contemporary music at the time they were published, a factor which led to their being largely ignored outside of England at the time. With the rebirth of interest in twentieth century English music, however, Alwyn's work has been gradually finding a wider audience since the 1980's. He is today regarded as being one of the finest English composers of his generation, and only a rung or two below the standing of Vaughan Williams and E. J. Moeran. ~ Bruce Eder
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: British Memories 1

9. History of Mr Polly

10. Rocking Horse Winner

x

Track List: Alwyn: Chamber Music

1. Clarinet Sonata

2. I. Moderato e grazioso

3. II. Andantino

4. III. Allegro (quasi valse tempo)

5. I. Prelude: Lento e rubato

6. II. Dance: Allegretto

7. III. Aria: Andante piacevole

8. IV. Finale: Allegro moderato e deciso

9. I. Minuet: Moderato

10. II. Valse Miniature: Allegro grazioso

11. III. Jig: Allegro molto

12. I. Allegro molto - Meno mosso - Allegro molto - Adagio

13. II. Molto vivace

14. III. Andante - Poco piu mosso

15. IV. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco piu mosso - Meno mosso, grazioso - Piu mosso - Meno mosso - Molto meno mosso - Andante espressivo

16. I. Prelude: Moderato a calmato

17. II. Romanza: Andante e tranquillo

18. III. Chorale: Broad and expressive but with movement

19. IV. Fughetta: Allegro moderato e molto ritmico

20. V. Arioso: Con moto e placido

21. VI. Carillon: Allegro commodo

22. VII. Intermezzo: Slow and clear

23. VIII. Capriccio: Allegro molto (quasi presto volante)

x

Track List: William Alwyn: Mirages; Nocturnes; Slum Song; Seascapes; Invocations

Title: Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano

1. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Undine

2. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Aquarium

3. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: The Honeysuckle

4. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Metronome

5. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Paradise

6. Mirages, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Portrait In A Mirror

Title: Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano

7. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Everything Is Now: Andante Molto Sostenuto

8. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Summer Rain: Allegro Molto E Leggiero

9. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Visitation: Andantino

10. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Summer Night: Con Moto

11. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Circle: Lento

12. Nocturnes (6), For Voice & Piano: Response: Tempo Comodo

Title: Slum Song, For Voice & Piano

13. Slum Song, For Voice & Piano: Dawn At Sea: Andante Con Moto

Title: Seascapes, For Voice, Recorder & Piano

14. Seascapes, For Voice, Recorder & Piano: Sea-mist: Moderato

15. Seascapes, For Voice, Recorder & Piano: Song Of The Drowned Man: Andante Sostenuto

16. Seascapes, For Voice, Recorder & Piano: Black Gulls: Allegretto

17. Seascapes, For Voice, Recorder & Piano: Through The Centuries: Andante Sostenuto

Title: Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano

18. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Holding The Night: Allegro Impetuoso

19. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Separation: Andantino (Poco Allegretto)

20. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Drought: Lento

21. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Spring Rain: Allegretto Leggiero

22. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Invocation To The Queen Of Moonlight: Lento Piacevole

23. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Our Magic Horse: Allegro Moderato

24. Invocations, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: William Alwyn: Mirages; Nocturnes; Slum Song; Seascapes; Invocations_track_24

x

Track List: Alwyn: Symphony No. 2 / Overture To A Masque / The Magic Island / Derby Day

1. Part I. Con Moto - Molto Moderato - Quasi Adagio Molto Calmato

2. Part II. Allegro Molto - Moderato Largamente - Molto Tranquillo

3. Overture To A Masque

4. The Magic Island

5. Derby Day

6. Fanfare For A Joyful Occasion

Comments

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[93, 90, 93, 106, 78, 74, 90, 72, 119, 73, 97, 92, 80, 64, 91, 99, 97, 88, 108, 77, 72, 125, 69, 85, 91, 69, 83, 72, 103, 95, 73, 101, 94, 111, 85, 116, 82, 76, 69, 116, 70, 109, 77, 83, 87, 116, 104, 113, 90, 116, 108, 97, 78, 126, 102, 96, 87, 113, 85, 108, 69, 125, 101, 69, 69, 107, 64, 78, 87, 79, 112, 104, 97, 119, 126, 69, 95, 104, 68, 106, 80, 86, 71, 84, 109, 114, 78, 111, 94, 101, 96, 125, 69, 85, 67, 104, 77, 101, 65, 107, 70, 111, 92, 70, 75, 68, 94, 125, 125, 95, 109, 80, 122, 64, 66, 64, 121, 103, 83, 70, 105, 121, 87, 70, 93, 113, 97, 117, 85, 72, 121, 122, 82, 122, 103, 123, 108, 66, 72, 89, 72, 114, 115, 75, 101, 104, 69, 84, 86, 122, 117, 126, 117, 83, 68, 115, 76, 119, 120, 107, 65, 64, 79, 78, 116, 124, 121, 107, 119, 101, 127, 126, 99, 85, 74, 95, 106, 90, 95, 95, 122, 91, 66, 96, 91, 104, 94, 105, 65, 114, 71, 120, 79, 72, 127, 113, 117, 95, 119, 104, 74, 93, 126, 108, 76, 77, 86, 79, 121, 81, 121, 81, 123, 112, 84, 80, 84, 82, 115, 120, 92, 103, 117, 70, 90, 99, 116, 71, 81, 119, 73, 119, 74, 116, 81, 68, 95, 70, 104, 67, 82, 74, 81, 102, 92, 113, 120, 102, 96, 86, 112, 88, 120, 74, 108, 105, 83, 66, 113, 92, 107, 98, 106, 107, 119, 105, 75, 98, 91, 95, 122, 94, 75, 83, 97, 65, 101, 110, 94, 99, 90, 65, 85, 79, 127, 69, 65, 67, 96, 91, 122, 126, 86, 78, 77, 82, 110, 112, 66, 108, 97, 68, 86, 88, 76, 91, 78, 112, 113, 76, 68, 76, 114, 119, 126, 80, 73, 94, 93, 126, 120, 90, 83, 73, 114, 92, 68, 109, 119, 122, 109, 122, 113, 76, 68, 68, 86, 113, 67, 101, 85, 99, 99, 89, 77, 84, 89, 78, 81, 101, 120, 67, 98, 86, 126, 123, 98, 98, 72, 66, 115, 90, 127, 111, 94, 101, 85, 94, 127, 75, 85, 76, 116, 96, 83, 94, 85, 68, 122, 75, 100, 77, 70, 73, 113, 90, 82, 122, 74, 76, 121, 115, 90, 113, 110, 107, 74, 123, 66, 68, 124, 126, 86, 104, 113, 124, 117, 117, 100, 101, 80, 76, 115, 74, 65, 94, 99, 106, 69, 97, 117, 97, 66, 121, 94, 124, 116, 106, 75, 121, 101, 119, 88, 125, 103, 64, 73, 127, 86, 105, 105, 107, 126, 89, 91, 86, 100, 73, 65, 104, 93, 66, 117, 93, 121, 86, 86, 100, 115, 71, 98, 121, 65, 67, 66, 66, 65, 85, 77, 88, 82, 105, 99, 74, 90, 90, 79, 125, 68, 99, 89, 107, 84, 112, 116, 118, 90, 122, 79, 118, 96, 101, 93, 84, 107, 117, 70, 73, 68, 107, 70, 122, 118, 112, 81, 88, 67, 66, 119, 81, 82, 77]