William Alwyn (1905-1985)
for piano solo
Completed in 1961 (and originally published by Chester Music), Alwyn's first major piece for piano solo after the 12 Preludes of 1959. In between these years Alwyn had suffered a nervous breakdown and, for a while, had lost the ability to compose. He was nursed back to health by his second wife, Mary (professional name - Doreen Carwithen) to whom the work is dedicated. The work consists of three contrasting movements entitled Allegro Appassionata, Evocation and The Devil's Reel. (Advanced) Duration 15 minutes.