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Arnold Atkinson Cooke (1906–2005) was an English composer and music educator.

Cooke was born on 4th November 1906 at Gomersal, Yorkshire. After attending Repton School, he went up to Cambridge, where he gained his B.A. in music in 1929; he studied under Paul Hindemith in Berlin from 1929 to 1932. He was then appointed Director of Music at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, shortly afterwards becoming Professor of Harmony and Composition at the Royal Manchester College (now the Royal Northern College) of Music from 1933 to 1938.

He spent World War II in the Royal Navy; after the war, in 1947 he became Professor of Harmony and Composition at Trinity College of Music, and a year later took his Mus.D. at Cambridge.

Cooke’s most important works include his first symphony, his violin concerto, and his cello concerto (1974).

He died on 13th August 2005.

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