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MALCOLM ARNOLD

Malcolm Arnold was born in 1921 in Northampton, where his father was a well-to-do shoe manufacturer. There was music in the family, both from his father and from his mother, a descendant of a former Master of the Chapel Royal. Instead of the usual period at a public school, he was educated privately at home. As a twelve-year-old he found a new interest in the trumpet and in jazz after hearing Louis Armstrong, and three years later he was able to study the instrument in London under Ernest Hall, subsequently winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where his composition teacher was Gordon Jacob. Two years later he left the College to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra as second trumpet. Meanwhile he had won a composition prize for a one-movement string quartet. It was as an orchestral player that he was able to explore the wider orchestral repertoire, in particular the symphonies of Mahler.

Early in World War II Arnold was a conscientious objector, in common with a number of other leading musicians. He was allowed to continue his work as an orchestral player, taking the position of first trumpet in the London Philharmonic in 1943. In the same year, however, he volunteered for military service, but was discharged after shooting himself in the foot. Thereafter he played second trumpet to his teacher Ernest Hall in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, then rejoined the London Philharmonic, where he served as principal trumpet until 1948. During these years he continued to work as a composer, writing a series of successful orchestral compositions and a variety of chamber music.

After 1948 Malcolm Arnold was able to earn his living as a composer. In the 1960s he settled in Cornwall, where he became closely involved with the musical activities of the county. In 1972 he moved to Dublin, his home for the next five years, and then to Norfolk. Over the years his work was much in demand for film scores, of which he composed some eighty. He wrote concertos for an amazing variety of instruments, nine numbered symphonies, sinfoniettas, concert overtures and other orchestral works. His chamber music is equally varied, and there is a set of works for solo wind and other instruments, aptly meeting the demands of competitive and solo recital performance.

In style Malcolm Arnold had a command of popular idiom, and this may have suggested to some an unfavourable identification with the world of light music. He was, in fact, a composer of considerable stature, technically assured, fluent and prolific, providing music that gives pleasure, but also music that may have a more somber side, work that may be lyrical and tuneful, or even astringent and harsh in its revelations. Donald Mitchell has compared Arnold, illuminatingly, with Dickens, both of them great entertainers but both well aware of the human predicament, unsettlingly revealed, as he points out, in the remarkable series of symphonies. Malcolm Arnold passed away on 23 September 2006.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century British Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos 8.505077
M ARNOLD Complete Symphonies Naxos 8.505221

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARNOLD, M.: Symphony No. 9 Naxos
8.553540
Interview

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARNOLD, M.: 4 Scottish Dances / Symphony No. 3 (London Philharmonic, Arnold) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80892
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Cello Concerto / Symphony for Strings / Fantasy (Wallfisch, Turner, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia, Ward, Howarth) Naxos
8.572640
Concertos, Chamber Music, Concertos, Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Chamber Music for Winds Naxos
8.570294
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
ARNOLD, M.: Dances Naxos
8.553526
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: David Copperfield / The Roots of Heaven Marco Polo
8.225167
Film and TV Music
ARNOLD, M.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.553406
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Ireland National Symphony, A. Penny) Naxos
8.553739
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 Naxos
8.552000
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Naxos
8.552001
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Symphony No. 9 Naxos
8.553540
Orchestral
ARNOLD, M.: Violin Trio, Op. 54 / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Fantasy, Op. 130 Naxos
8.554237
Instrumental, Chamber Music
ARNOLD: Concerto for 2 Pianos 3 Hands / Concerto for Piano Duet Naxos
8.570531
Orchestral
ARNOLD: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Vita Abundans Naxos
8.557762
Chamber Music
BACH, J.: Foliations / ARNOLD, M.: Brass Quintet No. 1 / BOZZA, E.: Sonatine / LINKOLA, J.: Brass Quintet No. 2 (Lindberg, Stockholm Chamber Ensemble) BIS
BIS-CD-1438
Chamber Music
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral
BEZALY: Solo Flute From A to Z, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-1159
Instrumental
CAPRICER MED OD, Vol. 2 (1970-1975) BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5016
Chamber Music
Clarinet Recital: Simon, Andrew - NICHIFOR, S. / HOROVITZ, J. / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W. / COOKE, A. / ARNOLD, M. (Ebony and Ivory) Naxos
8.573022
Chamber Music
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
COPLAND / HINDEMITH / ARNOLD: Clarinet Concertos dedicated to Benny Goodman BIS
BIS-CD-893
Concertos
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
GREENSLEEVES - English Pastoral Music Naxos
8.557535
Orchestral
Guitar Recital: Dejan Ivanovic Naxos
8.557038
Instrumental
JACK-IN-THE-BOX - A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers Naxos
8.570124-25
Orchestral
MACABRE MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.557930-31
Orchestral
MUSIC FOR BRASS ENSEMBLE BIS
BIS-CD-248
Chamber Music
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C. / FARKAS / IBERT / ARNOLD: Music for Wind Quintet BIS
BIS-CD-136
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Commemoration Altissimo
75442261412
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Recorder Concertos (English) - HARVEY, R. / ARNOLD, M. / JACOB, G. (Petri, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Thorel) OUR Recordings
6.220606
Concertos
Recorder Music (English) - LANE, P. / ARNOLD, M. / PITFIELD, T. / GREGSON, E. / LYON, D. / PARROTT, I. (Turner, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, G. Sutherland) Naxos
8.572503
Concertos
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Film and TV Music
Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms Naxos
8.553981
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Orchestral
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Command Performance 3 and 4 Altissimo
75442262592
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CEREMONIAL BRASS: Tower Music Altissimo
75442261882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Sketches Altissimo
75442261772
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND: Sound of Freedom (The) Altissimo
75442262172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: In Concert Altissimo
75442270432
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND "PERSHING'S OWN": Greatest Hits Altissimo
75442259942
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND: Dances Around the World Altissimo
75442260662
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Legacy of John P. Paynter (The) Altissimo
75442261142
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Viola Sonatas (English) - JACOB, G. / IRELAND, J. / ARNOLD, M. / DELIUS, F. / BERKELEY, L. (Outram, Rolton) Naxos
8.572208
Chamber Music
VIRTUOSO BASSOON BIS
BIS-CD-122
Instrumental

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