Alan Rawsthorne: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliography in Music #97)

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Alan Rawsthorne was a British composer, film scorer, music editor, author, and radio talk show presenter. At the heart of his musical contribution was a unique blend of European and English 20th-century techniques which concentrated on instrumental rather than vocal music. While most of this volume is dedicated to Rawsthorne's original musical works, the reader's attention is also drawn to his articles, radio talks, and arrangements of works of other composers. His disposition placed his career in the background of others who were more public; his preference was to write music for its own sake rather than for notoriety and monetary gain. Through the guiding direction of other composers and radio leadership personnel, Rawsthorne created music for the next age as much as for his current time.

This bibliography is comprised of a listing of all known works (completed and uncompleted), premieres and selected other performances (highlighting venues, dates, and performers' names), a discography of both commercially available discs and archival tapes and discs, a 1500-item annotated set of citations of reviews, sections of books, articles and the like regarding the works, Rawsthorne's life and recordings, five appendices (song cycle and multi-section works components, alphabetical works list, Manchester manuscript collection details, chronological works list, works of other composers dedicated to Rawsthorne) and a 25-page index to the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313305894
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series, #97
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN C. DRESSLER is Professor of Music at Murray State University. He is also the author of Gerald Finzi: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Biography 3
A Rawsthorne Primer 3
Biographical Remarks 6
An Account of a Friendship 9
I Works and Performances 17
Stage Works and Incidental Music [W1-26] 17
Instrumental Chamber Music [W27-56] 26
Film and Documentary Scores [W57-83] 46
Works for Orchestra or Brass Band [W84-104] 54
Solo Songs [W105-121] 71
Choral Works [W122-133] 77
Works for One or Two Solo Instruments and Orchestra [W134-142] 84
Works for Solo Voice and Instruments [W143-151] 96
Works for Solo Piano or Piano Duet [W152-162] 100
Arrangements [W163-179] 105
II Discography 111
Commercial Recordings [D1-153] 111
Archival Recordings: British Library, Educational Institutions [D154-329] 122
Archival Recordings: RNCM [D330-414] 133
Archival Recordings: NWSA [D415-482] 139
III Selected Bibliography 143
General References [B1-42] 143
Biographical References [B43-178] 148
Obituaries [B179-190] 165
Writings by Alan Rawsthorne [B191-225] 165
Juvenilia [B226-242] 169
Files at the Oxford University Press [B243-314] 170
Files at the BBC Written Archives [B315-352] 174
Files at the Dartington Hall Archives [B353-356] 179
Files at the National Archives, Kew Gardens [B357-361] 180
References to Works in General [B362-455] 180
References to Specific Works [B456-1533] 191
Appendix A Song Cycle and Multi-Section Works Components 305
Appendix B Alphabetical Works List 309
Appendix C Chronological Works List 315
Appendix D Manchester Manuscript Collection 321
Appendix E Works of Other Composers Dedicated to Rawsthorne 333
Index 335
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