Alan Rawsthorne

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Alan Rawsthorne (May 2 1905 - July 24 1971) was a British composer.

Rawsthorne was born in Haslingden, Lancashire. After attempting careers in dentistry and architecture, he decided instead to study music in Manchester and Berlin. His breakthrough came with the Theme and Variations for two violins (1938) and Symphonic Studies for orchestra (1939). Other acclaimed works by Rawsthorne include a viola sonata (1937), two piano concertos (1939, 1951), an oboe concerto (1947), two violin concertos (1948, 1956), a concerto for orchestra (1949), and the Elegy for guitar (1971), a piece written for and completed by Julian Bream after the composer's death. Other works include a violoncello concerto, three acknowledged string quartets among other chamber works, and three symphonies.

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