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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

...he was early dubbed "one of the great hopes of British music" and although, at times, he tended to break with convention he produced music that was tonal, attractive, witty, high-spirited and, above all, superbly crafted. - Brian Willey, The Independent

Few composers of the 20th century, and almost none of his generation, had such a gift of warm and immediate communication as Sir Malcolm Arnold. - Edward Greenfield, Gramophone


The nine symphonies show how very serious a composer Arnold was...In all the works one finds not just a man with a vivid and playful imagination, but one of enormous compositional talent...we need to realise that he was one of 20th-century Britain’s truly great composers. - Simon Heffer, The Standpoint
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 1993 knighted for Services to Music
  • 1992 premiere of Symphony No 9 with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Charles Groves
  • 1984 moved to Norfolk, where he wrote his ninth symphony
  • 1958 won Academy Award for the music to The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 1953 Royal Ballet production of Homage to the Queen at Covent Garden
  • 1948 Beckus the Dandipratt recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward van Beinum





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