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    The centenary of Malcolm Arnold is upon us October 2021 ...

    https://www.malcolmarnoldsociety.co.uk/centenary/

    ... but let this thread be for anything related to the music of M. Arnold.

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    Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra. Malcolm Arnold thought it was a great idea and agreed to conduct the work.

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    Arnold's ~cinematic Grand, Grand Ouverture (1956), featuring vacuum cleaners, a gun-slinger (not 4 rifles in this version), a floor cleaner, etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bHB3F6o3AY

    Maybe some inspiration from Satie here (Parade) ?
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    I enjoy Arnold's symphonies (especially no. 5) and his chamber music - an excellent composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Arnold's ~cinematic Grand, Grand Ouverture (1956), featuring vacuum cleaners, a gun-slinger (not 4 rifles in this version), a floor cleaner, etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bHB3F6o3AY
    So funny! My MP3 was accidentally on random play a couple of days ago and threw this piece at me while I took a walk along the Aegean coast in south Turkey - very incongruous! Folowingly, I switched to John Wilson's more appropriate CD!

    Edit: I'd loaded Ramon Gamba's amazing overtures Chandos CD onto my MP3 player to take with me on holiday. The composer conducted set is also very good, especiallly the HI-Res download
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    So funny! My MP3 was accidentally on random play a couple of days ago and through this piece at me while I took walk along the Aegean coast in south Turkey - very incongruous, followingly I switched to John Wilson's more appropriate CD!
    Sounds very nice, and congrats with being able to go abroad / the Mediterranean again!

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    Some other highlights: the ninth symphony, the various dances, the Commonwealth overture, and I think over a dozen of concertos for instruments ranging from the usual to the mouth organ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Some other highlights: the ninth symphony, the various dances, the Commonwealth overture, and I think over a dozen of concertos for instruments ranging from the usual to the mouth organ.
    I adore Malcolm Arnold. As a musician and as a human being. I have virtually every recording of his ever released, but really struggle with the ninth symphony .....
    “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it”

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    It took me more spins than I care to remember before it finally clicked. Now it is one of my favourite symphonies.

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    I'm most familiar with Arnold's lighter or more humorous side - the various Dance suites - great fun, very colorful..
    His "3 Shanties" for woodwind 5tet is a standard for that ensemble...an audience favorite, great fun to play..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    It took me more spins than I care to remember before it finally clicked. Now it is one of my favourite symphonies.
    Hopefully that will be my experience too. But I've been at it since the Naxos release which I think was in the early or mid 1990s!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryPenfold View Post
    I adore Malcolm Arnold. As a musician and as a human being. I have virtually every recording of his ever released, .....
    Hi, Henry P.

    Do you collect Arnold's soundtracks, too?

    Between '57 & '70, about 10 LPs were released - not all of these albums have been re-issued on CDs.



    Dutton's Vocalion restored the master tapes on Arnold's Nine Hours to Rama which they paired with The Lion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    Hi, Henry P.

    Do you collect Arnold's soundtracks, too?

    Between '57 & '70, about 10 LPs were released - not all of these albums have been re-issued on CDs.



    Dutton's Vocalion restored the master tapes on Arnold's Nine Hours to Rama which they paired with The Lion.
    I really enjoy his soundtracks and have all the Chandos releases but not these Dutton. They look very interesting and no doubt I’ll acquire a number of them!!
    “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it”

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    I can't reccommend highly enough this book linked below on Arnold. His life in all its raw tragedy and hilarity is recorded and boy, what a life. In fact what a genius. Known to musos as Master of the Leans Music.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malcolm-Arn...r/dp/090341354
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I enjoy Arnold's symphonies (especially no. 5) and his chamber music - an excellent composer.
    Same here, and I like his sets of Orchestral ‘Dances’, that miniature tone poems such as Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

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