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William Alwyn

William Alwyn composed with a lot of romantic flair. He wrote five symphonies, several flute concerti, some big orchestral and chamber works, two operas, and some movie scores. He used a 12-tone system that was influenced by Indian music and Schoenberg. He orchestrated some of his music for large string sections, reedy brass, and large percussion sections that were full of life and lofty. Many of his compositions were lyrical in expression, with interludes that were both fluid and tuneful. Some even sounded like the kind of music you'd hear in a romantic action movie. His elaborate chamber music was full of energy. His romantic-style symphonies utilized swells; his concertos had stirring melodies; his slow movements were soft with a reflective mood.

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