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Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971), Composer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Lancashire, Rawsthorne studied piano and cello at the Royal Manchester College of Music (1925-29). Known principally for his compositions for orchestra and solo instruments, he came to prominence with works including Theme and Variations for two violins (1938) and Symphonic Studies (1939). Later successes include the overture Sreet Corner (1945) and the second piano concerto, written for the Festival of Britain (1951). In 1954 he married the artist Isabel Lambert (neé Nicholas), widow of Constant Lambert.

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