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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

Toy Symphony (1957)
Work Notes
Toy Instruments: Quail Cuckoo (doubling guard's whistle) Whistle in C sharp minor (Doubling Nightingale) Trumpet in F (playing four notes) Trumpet in C (one note) Trumpet in G (one note) 3 Dulcimers: F & C (one player); D & A (one player); B flat & F (one player) Triangle (one player) Cymbals (one player) Drum (one player)
Novello & Co Ltd
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
10 Minutes

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Programme Note
Malcolm Arnold Toy Symphony (1957)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Vivace

The premiere of this symphony took place on 28th November 1957 in the Savoy Hotel, London, at a fund-raising dinner for the Musicians Benevolent Fund, to which it is dedicated. The composer directed and the performers included Eileen Joyce, Eric Coates, Joseph Cooper, Gerard Hoffnung and Thomas Armstrong, chairman to the Fund 1970-1979.

  • 04 JUL 2015
    The Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey
    The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra
  • 14 DEC 2010
    Newstead Wood School, UK
    Newstead Wood School for Girls
  • 13 DEC 2008
    Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
    Scottish Opera
    Julian Clayton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 December - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 25 AUG 2008
    St. Nicholas Church, Arundel
    Dummer, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2001
    Cripps Hall, Northampton
    Northampton Symphony Orchestra
    Graham Tear, conductor

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