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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

The Three Musketeers
Novello & Co Ltd
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John Longstaff
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Programme Note
Malcolm Arnold The Three Musketeers
A ballet based on Dumas’ classic tale set in seventeenth century Paris. Music by Malcolm Arnold with choreography by David Nixon. Score compiled by Anthony Meredith and orchestrated by John Longstaff. First performed at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, on 23 September 2006 by Northern Ballet Theatre.

  • Ensemble
    Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra
    John Pryce-Jones
  • 01 FEB 2018
    De Bijloke, Ghent, Belgium
    Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
    Dirk Brossé, conductor

    Other Dates:
    2 February - Elisabethzaal, Antwerp, Belgium
    3,4 February - De Bijloke, Ghent, Belgium
  • 23 OCT 2014
    Jubilee Auditorium, Alberta, Canada
    Alberta Ballet
    Peter Dala, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,25 October - Jubilee Auditorium, Alberta, Canada
  • 22 JAN 2013
    Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium
    Dirk Brossé, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25-27 January -
  • 10 SEP 2011
    Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, Vilnius
    Estonian National Ballet

    Other Dates:
    27,17 September; 12 October - Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, Vilnius
  • 19 MAY 2011
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Estonian National Ballet

    Other Dates:
    9 June - Tallinn, Estonia
  • 25 APR 2009
    Opera House, Tallinn
    Estonian National Ballet

    Other Dates:
    29 April; 2,8,16,24,30 May; 12 June; 4,18 September; 8,14,30 October; 22 December - Opera House, Tallinn
  • 23 APR 2009
    The Three Musketeers Country Premiere
    Opera House, Tallinn
    Estonian National Ballet
  • 23 SEP 2006
    The Three Musketeers World Premiere
    Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
    Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra
    Northern Ballet Theatre; John Pryce-Jones, conductor

The chorography is at its best in the elegant love duets between the Queen and Buckingham, contrasted with the young, sometimes awkward love of d'Artagnan and Constance. The production of David Nixon's ballet is deservedly a hit.
Stuart Sweeney, Dance Europe,01/12/2009
It is Arnold's cinematic soundtrack that makes this ballet a sweeping drama....
Lyndesy Winship, Daily Telegraph,27/09/2009
This feather-trimmed, swashbuckling romp is light and sunny, with spiffing sets, a composite score by Malcolm Arnold, and crisp, neat dancing. There are good baddies and great moustaches, and sword fights that will knock socks off.
Sarah Frater, London Evening Standard,06/06/2007
…it’s good to report that [Arnold’s] music – lively, tuneful, fast-paced or romantic – drives the action and fits the bill with great success. And it is delightful to recognise the English Dances – even though we are supposed to be in 17th-century France.
David Dougil, The Sunday Times,01/10/2006
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