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The 1940s: Alwyn, Easdale and Vaughan Williams

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 24 September 2013

Donald Macleod is joined in the studio by film music expert David Huckvale to explore the legacy of one of the most prolific film composers of the mid-20th century: William Alwyn, who juggled writing over a hundred film scores with a distinguished career in the concert hall.

The pair introduce an excerpt from Vaughan Williams's Sinfonia Antarctica - drawn from his music to the 1948 film Scott Of The Antarctic - plus a famous lollipop, Charles Williams's The Dream of Olwen, performed fabulously by Liberace...

And there's a rare chance to hear from the first score ever to win an Oscar for Best Original Score - written not by Vaughan Williams, Bliss, Walton or Alwyn - but by the "lost hero" of British film music, Brian Easdale; a man seemingly written out of British musical history.

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