Arnold Cooke

1906 - 2005

American

Summary

Arnold Cooke was born in November 1906 near Leeds. He was educated at
Repton School, later obtaining his BMus at Cambridge University in 1929.
From then until 1932 he was a pupil of Hindemith at the Hochschule für
Musik in Berlin.

After completing his studies, he became Director of Music at the
Festival Theatre, Cambridge, and was later appointed Professor of
Harmony and Composition at the then Royal Manchester College (now Royal
Northern College) of Music from 1933 to 1938. During the war he served
with the Royal Navy, and after the termination of hostilities his
compositions enjoyed a growing number of performances, chamber music
making a particularly strong impression. He took his MusD at Cambridge
in 1948, a year after he had been appointed Professor of Harmony and
Composition at Trinity College of Music, where he taught for many years.

His compositions, characterised by openness of texture and directness of
appeal, have been widely performed. His most important works include
the Symphony 1 (1947) first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Sir Adrian Boult in March 1949; the Violin Concerto (1958)
first performed by Yfrah Neaman and the Halle Orchestra under Sir John
Barbirolli in 1959, and the Cello Concerto (1974) first performed in
1975 by Thomas Igloi, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir
Charles Groves.

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