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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

Concerto for Oboe & Strings (1952),
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1952
Duration
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
oboe
Orchestration
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Malcolm Arnold Concerto for Oboe & Strings (1952),
The Concerto for Oboe and Strings was commissioned by Leon Goossens (to whom it is dedicated) and completed in London during August 1952. The work was first performed, by Goossens, at the Royal Festival Hall on 26th June 1953 in a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Boyd Neel Orchestra. Arnold says that ‘the whole piece, and particularly the shape of the themes, pay tribute to Goossens’ unsurpassed bravura style: the work demands athleticism in passages with wide leaps and arpeggios during the first movement, crisp tonguing and strict rhythmic control throughout the vivace scherzo and subtlety of phrasing in the folk-like melody of the finale’.

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  • Ensemble
    London Festival Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Anna Pyne, flute / Malcolm Messiter, oboe
    Conductor
    Ross Pople
    Arte Nova:
  • Ensemble
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Jennifer Galloway, oboe
    Conductor
    Rumon Gamba
    Chandos:
  • Ensemble
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Janet Hilton (clarinet), Alan Civil (horn), Gordon Hunt (oboe), Richard Adeney (flute)
    Conductor
    Norman Del Mar
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