You seem well-versed in the English composers. Alwyn is not a name that comes up often, even if, as you say, he wrote extensively for the cinema (The Red Pirate, for example). I have heard many of his works, mainly his symphonies, some chamber music and an opera, Miss Julie, which struck me as being a bit sordid.
Well, actually, I only know a handful of their piano works, Bowen most of all. It's quite amazing that you managed to hear so many of his works though... do they perform them occasionally in Europe? Any recommendations for his chamber works?
I've not heard of William Alwyn before, but I really liked this music! Very nice harmonies and interesting rhythms. I loved the chord changes near the end of no.3! And no. 4 reminds me of Scriabin.
You played them well, Jonathan! I've put them in the 'various composer' table. If you plan on doing any more from the set, then we'll have to make a page for Alwyn. At least for now you don't have to write a bio...
Thanks a lot for the comments. Yeah, there's a sort of mild, fragrant impressionism to the set which is really attractive. I like Bluebells a lot too, though I'm at a loss as to how No.4 could remind you of Scriabin. >_> As for the set, there are only 4 pieces; however, the second one is a rather tricky and elf-like presto piece which will take some time, don't think I'll be doing that any time soon! Will keep the tag thingy in mind next time.
These short works are refreshing to the ears. Although I've not heard them previously, your playing is very convincing. Thanks for sharing these pieces with us.
Thanks for the comments. I'm quite amazed myself by the spiritual youthfulness of these pieces...