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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News
    weight of Earth Water shimmers and glistens onto the scene The themes flow seamlessly into one another each depicting the many facets of water In what Arnold calls the Resphigi bit Brian Shaw s variation full of great classical leaps is supported by a surging theme coloured by the use of harp celeste and glockenspiel Arnold s fountains seem to outshine those of Rome After what has preceded it the music for Fire comes as a shock The themes are dissonant and angular with much use of muted and rasping brass and the wooden percussion The highlight of this section is however not the psychotic pas de deux for Beryl Grey and John Field but the mazurka like variation for Alexander Grant This athletic solo full of spectacular leaps and dramatic falls is accompanied by one of the gems of the score A strongly accented 3 4 with volcanic overtones coloured by whooping horns leads to a sharply phrased theme characterized by off beat accents and unexpected pauses Arnold has always understood the brass section and how to use it and in this section they are certainly put through their paces as was Mr Grant The tarantella which ends Fire is swept away by the clear syncopated chords which open Air the final movement The flying soaring elements will come as no surprise coming as they do from a composer who had recently written the music for David Lean s aerial film The Sound Barrier The use of high scurrying woodwind suggest stratospheric heights while the clear open textured string writing conjures up the limitless blue The climax of the ballet and the only section to have been seen since the 1950 s was a pas de deux for Margot Fonteyn and Michael Soames which Clive Barnes thought one of the finest pieces of classical choreography yet produced The Air pas de deux is the most extended section of the ballet and Arnold allows his beautiful theme to breathe and develop A taste perhaps of what he may have produced had as David Hunt suggested in the Dancing Times that had he been given more scope in a larger perhaps a three act ballet in which he could develop in more his own way This alas was not to happen Homage to the Queen ends with a Firebird like tableaux with the entire company on stage and the fanfares triumphantly heralding the new Elizabethan age The critic Richard Buckle suggested at the time that the ballet would have been better served had Glazunov s The Seasons been used instead of Arnold s score although he has said to this writer that he was probably just trying to be provocative This however hurt Arnold deeply and apart from the fact that it would have deprived us of the score missed the point that the ballet had been created by three Englishmen to celebrate the coronation of the new Queen Buckle apart most critics were taken with Arnold s score the Daily

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Northampton University Honorary Doctorate
    from the early 1960s you were in great demand as a conductor of your compositions whether in the concert hall the recording studio or for the film set The great variety of your works Sir Malcolm was often influenced particularly in later years by the environment in which you lived In Cornwall for example your Cornish Dances and the Padstow Lifeboat reflected your commitment to Cornish musical life An Irish flavour resonates though your 2nd String Quartet and Seventh Symphony both written during your period in Dublin in the 1970s The diversity of your output is very well reflected through the range of compositions in your Norfolk period from 1984 until today A Fantasy for Recorder was followed in quick succession by Irish Dances your very profound Ninth Symphony dedicated to Anthony Day and a Cello Concerto written for Julian Lloyd Webber Indeed I was astonished when I looked through the catalogue of your works I saw Concertos for cello clarinet flute guitar harmonica horn oboe organ recorder trumpet saxophone viola for two not one pianos and similarly for violins you scored fantasies for a number of these instruments there were overtures preludes sinfoniettas sonatas and suites quartets and quintets dances not just Cornish but Irish Scottish and Welsh and of course songs and ballet music concert suites Royal music and even the setting of a Psalm And of course I found your 9 symphonies as well as your Symphonies for Brass and Strings and listings of famous music for films including Bridge on the River Kwai and the Inn of the Sixth Happiness I know I have not done justice to the range depth and quality of your music Sir Malcolm you have made a major contribution to the musical and cultural life of the last 70 years or

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    British musical life to succeed him and by luck John Franklin then chairman of the orchestra and still its principal flute was friends with the pianist Alan Poulton Alan was at the time working closely with Sir Malcolm and the invitation was issued through Alan Poulton for Sir Malcolm to become Patron of the BPO The orchestra was naturally delighted when the invitation was accepted The duties of the Patron are light and honorific but Sir Malcolm did attend performances and also attended the Silver Jubilee dinner of Kenneth Page the BPO s Musical Director at the Birmingham City Art Gallery Recent contact has been much sparser mainly on account of Sir Malcolm s advancing years but the association remains very much valued by the BPO and we programme his works on a regular basis Peterloo Tam O Shanter and the Cornish Dances in the programme for the BPO s tribute concert have been firm favourites and we have also performed English and Scottish dances Beckus the Dandipratt and the second symphony The breadth of Sir Malcolm s oeuvre also meant that in a recent programme of film music we were able to include the hilarious Belles of St Trinian

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News ISM Award
    honoured by the ISM and to be joining such an eminent list of members who have received the Distinguished Musician Award The special medal for the Distinguished Musician Award was presented to Sir Malcolm on 12 August 2005 by the ISM President Robert Lloyd and the ISM s Eastern Regional Councillor Kenneth Hytch in the presence of the composer s companion and manager Anthony Day his biographer Paul Harris and

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vintage Arnold
    45 Coffee break 11 45 12 45 Malcolm Arnold and the piano A talk by Benjamin Frith on the piano works of Arnold 12 45 1 30 Lunch 13 30 14 15 All my music is autobiographical A discussion of the influence of his life on his music with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith 14 30 15 30 Delegates attend the first hour of the orchestra s rehearsal with Vernon Handley 15 40 16 00 Question Answer session with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith back in the Chelsfield Room 16 00 16 45 Book launch at Books etc 16 45 Study Day finishes 18 15 18 45 Free pre concert event in the RFH Auditorium A performance of Arnold s Sea Shanties by members of the LPO followed by a discussion with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith Then a real treat an all Arnold orchestral concert on the evening of Friday 24th September with the following programme 1 Flourish for a 21st Birthday 2 Overture Beckus the Dandipratt 3 Suite The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 4 Clarinet Concerto No 2 5 Philharmonic Concerto 6 Symphony No 6 The soloist in the Clarinet ConcertoNo 2 will be Julian Bliss and the concert will be conducted by Vernon Handley It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio3 and the concert starts at 7 30pm Then the following week a rare opportunity to hear Sir Malcolm s various sets of Dances in their brass band arrangements at a concert on Monday 27 September in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7 15pm this concert presented by the LPO and supported by the South Bank Centre will feature six Arnold works for brass band as follows 1 Four Scottish Dances 2 Siciliano from Suite No 1 3 Four Cornish Dances 4 Fanfare for Louis

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Sir Malcolm Arnold Fiesta Texas
    20 Feb at 7 30pm UTSA New Music Festival UTSA Recital Hall UTSA Orchestra Peterloo Overture Eugene Dowdy Conductor UTSA Wind Ensemble Arnold piece TBA Robert Rustowicz Conductor UTSA Concert Choir Arnold piece TBA John Silantien Conductor 22 Feb at 7 30pm Bridge on the River Kwai Embassy Theater Academy Award for Musical Score Special showing 25 Feb at 11 00am UTSA Composition Student Seminar AR 2 03 18 David

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 - Reviews The Malcolm Arnold Edition
    the 1980s and 1990s by the now defunct Conifer label Sony BMG and Koch International also enter into the spirit of things by making respectively the Recorder Concerto and the complete solo piano music available for this edition Artists include the RPO and Vernon Handley the LPO and Adrian Boult the London Sinfonietta and David Atherton the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Michala Petri and Eduardo Fernandez Though you ll have

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 - Reviews Bright Jewles
    music yet the John Clare Cantata is a little gem highly engaging and often beautiful with hints of Benjamin Britten It was written in 1955 just before his enormous success at the Proms with the tone poem Tam O Shanter Another great success was his two sets of English Dances 1950 51 perhaps more responsible than any other of his compositions for establishing his name before the general public We hear the second set here in the more unusual version for piano duet arranged by the composer Franz Reizenstein Though in the tradition of English works by the likes of Holst and Vaughan Williams Arnold did not draw on actual folk music the tunes are all his own 1951 was also the year of perhaps his most performed instrumental work the Sonatina for Clarinet Hugely extrovert and tuneful it was given its first performance by Colin Davis in his pre conducting days Jack Thurston though was the real inspiration behind it Arnold s long time friend he was also the recipient of the marvellous First Clarinet Concerto When asked about the gorgeous slow movement Arnold once explained enigmatically I didn t want it to sound like Bartok Arnold would always choose his friends to play for him in his film sessions and he would always make sure that there was a lot for them to do In 1954 he wrote the music to a British comedy You Know what Sailors are Thurston was again central to Arnold s thinking as there is a wonderful and extended scene which features one of his most tongue in cheek creations Scherzetto for clarinet and piano Whether or not the film will live on this little gem is surely destined to become a jewel in the clarinettist s repertoire of encore pieces The previous year saw the composition of the Sonatina for Recorder the last of his four wind sonatinas which hints at earlier times with its gentle and melodious Chaconne and concluding Rondo The recorder is also soloist in Solitaire a piece that has quite a history It began life as a piano solo for a TV commercial for a particular brand of cigarettes in the event it was not used Arnold then arranged it to be whistled by his friend John Amis for a radio programme Here the recorder takes on the John Amis role The earlier piano version Theme for Players is also included Arnold began writing for piano as early as 1937 when the sixteen year old presented his mother with short pieces as birthday and Christmas presents The earliest piano piece here is The Dream City a delightful miniature composed on December 24th 1938 making its purpose quite clear Flamenco owes its origins to the silver screen the 1952 film It Started in Paradise an unusually plush Lana Turner esque production that was very popular in its day Constance s Sad Dance is one of a series of sketches Arnold wrote for a proposed ballet version of The Three

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