Alan Rawsthorne was a prolific composer whose style owes little to either the folksong-inspired diatonicism or the modernism of many of his contemporaries and immediate predecessors. Through the clever juxtaposition of chordal and melodic units, he created an individual harmonic voice that characterises much of his music. This is especially true of the music he composed for such films as The Cruel Sea making his name familiar to countless cinema-goers during the nineteen-fifties.

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┬ęThe Rawsthorne Trust