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Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was an English composer.

Arnold was born in Northampton, and studied at the Royal College of Music. He became principal trumpet with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, but went on to concentrate solely on composition. He is known as a composer of conservative tonal works, acknowledging Hector Berlioz as an influence and being compared to Jean Sibelius.

His works include symphonies, dances, and film scores; he worked with Deep Purple, conducting a performance of their Concerto For Group And Orchestra.

Arnold was made a CBE in 1970 and was knighted in 1993. He died on 23rd September 2006 at the age of 84.


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  • Retinend

    I'm loving "Suite Bourgeoise." A very compact and pretty 12 mins.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • relax2music

    Tam O'Shanter overture by '' Sir Malcolm Arnold '' -

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Biscuit1978

    Come along and join the group Orchestral Composer of the Week. Nominate your 5 favourite composers each week and see who gets into the Hall of Fame.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • blackbook668

    Whistle Down the Wind is what makes the 20,000 plays severely underrated. That was a truly magical score.

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Nice, I was completely off-base with that previous comment :D It has quite a few British hallmarks, although not through being written in a derivative style - it's just little snippets of traditional dances, pop music, etc that find their way into the melody at times. An excellent symphony.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Dani_Gabarrot

    The River Kwai, Colonel Bogey March!! epic

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • KraeheK

    The 7th symphony is remarkable. Very melodic, kind of daring, and doesn't sound English at all.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • rutty

    5389 scrobbles. Is that all? He's a great composer - severely under-rated

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • flakezz

    крутой мужик

    25 Nov 2007 Reply

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