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Malcolm Henry Arnold

Malcolm Henry Arnold (Composer)

Born: 21st October 1921, Northampton, England

Died: 23rd September 2006, Norwich

Nationality: English

Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold was an English composer. His works feature music in many genres, including a cycle of nine symphonies, numerous concertos, concert works, chamber music, choral music and music for brass band and wind band. His style is tonal and rejoices in lively rhythms, brilliant orchestration, and an unabashed tunefulness. He wrote extensively for the theatre, with five ballets specially commissioned by the Royal Ballet, as well as two operas and a musical. He also produced scores for more than a hundred films, among these The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won an Oscar.

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Interview, John Andrews on The Dancing Master

The British conductor talks to Katherine about recording Malcolm Arnold's one-act comic opera, written at high speed for TV in the early 1950s but rejected by the BBC for being 'too bawdy'...

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