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William Alwyn (1905-1985), Composer

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Alwyn entered the Royal Academy of Music aged fifteen, returning later to teach composition. His output included five symphonies, four operas and over 200 film scores including A Night to Remember (1958). He was an artist and a poet, writing the libretti for two of his operas. A virtuoso flautist, Alwyn played for a time with the London Symphony Orchestra. He continued to compose into his last years, producing his third quartet in 1984.

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William Alwyn

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
bromide print, August 1960
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William Alwyn

by Lida Moser
film negative, 1953
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