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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

Carnival of the Animals (1960)
Novello and Co. Ltd. (Third Party)
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Programme Note
Malcolm Arnold Carnival of the Animals (1960)
Arnold’s Carnival of the Animals was written for the Hoffnung Memorial Concert and first performed by the Morley College Orchestra conducted by the composer at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 31 October 1960.

The piece is a supplement to Saint-Saëns’s original work of the same name and portrays six zoological species which failed to make it into the Ark first time around. The giraffe manages to be simultaneously awkward and graceful, the music all neck and spindly legs; the sheep behave just like sheep always do, and follow one another around rather aimlessly; cows moo lazily; mice squeak prettily in the highest register of the orchestra; Jumbo naughtily borrows a tune from Delibes’s Sylvia and gives it to the elephantine brass; while for the Chiroptera, the orchestra plays with tremendous energy, and (appropriately enough for the bat family) totally inaudibly until the ‘closing’ C on a tubular bell.

  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / BBC Concert Orchestra / London Philharmonic Orchestra / London Musici / Grimethorpe Colliery Band / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
    Benjamin Frith, piano
    Vernon Handley / Sir Adrian Boult / Mark Stephenson / Sir Malcolm Arnold / Elgar Howarth
    Conifer Records Limited:
  • 08 SEP 2017
    Köln, Germany
    WDR Funkhausorchester Köln
    Wayne Marshall, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9 September - Iserlohn, Germany
  • 15 OCT 2016
    Derngate Theatre, Northampton, UK
    Northampton Symphony Orchestra
    John Gibbons, conductor
  • 17 APR 2016
    Wuppertal, Germany
    Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal
    Florian Frannek, conductor
  • 21 JAN 2015
    Leicester Philharmonia Orchestra
    Diego Matheuz / Robin O'Neil, conductor

    Other Dates:
    23 March - Basingstoke
    12 May - Leicester
  • 27 OCT 2013
    Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire
    de Haviland Orchestra
    Robin Browning, conductor
  • 06 DEC 2012
    Guildhall, Portsmouth
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Maxime Tortelier, conductor
  • 14 OCT 2012
    The Friends School, Safron Walden
    The Uttlesforde Ochestra
    Richard Hull, conductor
  • 25 AUG 2012
    Chorin, Germany
    Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester
    Howard Griffiths, conductor
  • 25 SEP 2011
    Münster, Germany
    Sinfonieorchester Münnster
    Helmut Rilling, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6,16 October - Münster, Germany
  • 09 MAY 2011
    Barbican, London
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Clemens Schuldt, conductor

    Other Dates:
    28 May - Barbican, London
  • 25 OCT 2009
    Malcolm Arnold Festival 2009
    (7:30pm) Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton
    The Malcolm Arnold Festival Orchestra
    John Gibbons, conductor
  • 10 OCT 2005
    Lochgilphead, Scotland
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    James Lowe, conductor
  • 13 FEB 2005
    Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal
    Thomas Dorsch, conductor
  • 27 APR 2003
    Brucknerhaus, Grosser Saal, Linz, Austria
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Max Renne, conductor
  • 06 APR 2003
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Max Renne, conductor
  • 14 MAR 2003
    San Antonio Musical Fiesta
    Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas
    Austin Symphony Orchestra
    Peter Bay, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 March - Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas
  • 22 DEC 2002
    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
    City of Glasgow Chorus
    Graham Taylor, conductor

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